roundabout

[adj. round-uh-bout, round-uh-bout; n. round-uh-bout]
adjective
1.
circuitous or indirect, as a road, journey, method, statement or person.
2.
(of clothing) cut circularly at the bottom; having no tails, train, or the like.
noun
3.
a short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
4.
British. a merry-go-round.
5.
a circuitous or indirect road, method, etc.
6.
Chiefly British, traffic circle.

Origin:
1525–35; round1 (adv.) + about


1. meandering, twisting, rambling, tortuous.
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roundabout (ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt)
 
n
1.  (Brit) a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc, on which people ride for amusement; merry-go-round
2.  US and Canadian name: traffic circle a road junction in which traffic streams circulate around a central island
3.  an informal name for boring mill
 
adj
4.  indirect or circuitous; devious
 
adv, —prep
5.  on all sides: spectators standing round about
6.  approximately: at round about 5 o'clock

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roundabout
"by a circuitous route," 1870, from round (adv.) + about. Noun sense of "traffic circle" is attested from 1927.
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Example sentences
On one end, the path circles an in-ground sandbox, making a roundabout for the three-wheelers.
No one has been arrested, and his picture still sits in the middle of the roundabout where he was killed.
The procedure is rather roundabout because it starts off with the unphysical
  concept of the bare electron.
But in a roundabout way that is exactly what many people do.
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