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roundabout

noun [C] uk   /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ UK us  

roundabout noun [C] (ON ROAD)

A2 (US traffic circle) a place where three or more roads join and traffic must go around a circular area in the middle, rather than straight acrossRoad junctions

roundabout noun [C] (PLAY EQUIPMENT)

(US merry-go-round) a flat, round piece of equipment in play areas on which children sit or stand and are pushed round and roundPlay areas for children a merry-go-round (= machine with animals or vehicles for children to ride at a fair)Carnival, fairground and circusPlay areas for children

roundabout

adjective uk   /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ us  
not in a simple, direct, or quick way: We took a roundabout route to avoid the accident. He asked me, in a roundabout way, if he could have a salary increase.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
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