Meaning of “go (all) round the houses” in the English Dictionary


"go (all) round the houses" in English

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go (all) round the houses

UK informal

to waste time doing or asking something in a very complicated way

US go around Robin Hood's barn to take a route that is much longer than necessary:

I got the number 26 bus and that one goes all round the houses.

(Definition of “go (all) round the houses” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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