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detour

noun [C] uk   /ˈdiː.tɔːr/ us    /-tʊr/
a different or less direct route to a place that is used to avoid a problem or to visit somewhere or do something on the way: You'd be wise to make (US also take) a detour to avoid the roadworks.
detour
verb [I or T] uk   mainly US us  
We had to detour around the town, so it took us longer than usual.
(Definition of detour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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