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roundhouse

[round-hous] /ˈraʊndˌhaʊs/
noun, plural roundhouses
[round-hou-ziz] /ˈraʊndˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a building for the servicing and repair of locomotives, built around a turntable in the form of some part of a circle.
2.
Nautical. a cabin on the after part of a quarterdeck.
3.
Slang. a punch in which the arm is typically brought straight out to the side or rear of the body and in which the fist describes an exaggerated circular motion.
4.
Also called round trip. Pinochle. a meld of one king and queen of each suit.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; round1 + house
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British Dictionary definitions for round house

roundhouse

/ˈraʊndˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a circular building in which railway locomotives are serviced or housed, radial tracks being fed by a central turntable
2.
(boxing, slang)
  1. a swinging punch or style of punching
  2. (as modifier): a roundhouse style
3.
(pinochle, US) a meld of all four kings and queens
4.
an obsolete word for jail
5.
(obsolete) a cabin on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship
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Word Origin and History for round house

roundhouse

n.

also round-house, "lock-up, place of detention," 1580s, from Dutch rondhuis "guardhouse." Meaning "circular shed for locomotives with a turntable in the center" is from 1856. Meaning "blow delivered with a wide sweep of the arm" is perhaps extended from "round building for circular machinery."

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Slang definitions & phrases for round house

roundhouse

modifier
  1. : He swung a roundhouse left
  2. : a roundhouse pitch
noun
  1. A long, looping punch to the head (1920+ Prizefighting)
  2. A sweeping curve-ball (1910+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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