in a roundabout way


1. to say or do something in an indirect way






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say something in a roundabout way

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When you say something 'in a roundabout way' it means to do something indirectly or to imply - rather than ask directly for what you need. If you do something 'in a roundabout way' it usually refers to doing something in a way that is not very efficient, or in a way that is more complicated than it needs to be. You might do something or say something in a roundabout way in order to be more polite, or because there were many constraints or obstacles preventing you from taking the most direct cause of action.

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  1. In asking the public to buy raffle tickets or participate in competitions, we are asking them to donate money to us in a roundabout way.
  2. He didn't exactly say I could borrow the car but he did imply it, in a sort of roundabout way.

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  1. By allowing petrol companies to sponsor our projects we are contributing to the destruction of the planet in a roundabout way that we need to be accountable for.
  2. The legislation is fairly prohibitive but there is a chance we may be able to get permission if we go about it in a roundabout way.

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beat (around/about) the bush

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