Usage examples for roundabout

  1. To attach herself for an indefinite time seemed a roundabout way of holding her hands off. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  2. Then the latter turned and led the visitor by a roundabout way to a little curtained alcove off the apartment in which the countess was wont to serve tea of an afternoon. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  3. What do you want to do, that you are asking my permission in this roundabout way? – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  4. What a roundabout way is this to peace,- to make war for the destruction of regicides, and then to give them peace in order to insure a stability that will enable them to observe it! – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  5. She had her own way of telling a story, and it was a roundabout way. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  6. " I'll ask Doris about it in a roundabout way, so she'll say just what she thinks," she planned, and she was so eager to seek out Doris that she hurried through her dinner before Rosamond had begun on her first mouthful, excusing herself by saying that she had some business on hand that would not wait. – Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge by Pemberton Ginther
  7. " A very roundabout way," she said. – A Bicycle of Cathay by Frank R. Stockton
  8. Isn't that rather roundabout – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
  9. The story was roundabout and I could not run it down. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  10. There were naturally things that in Flora's presence could pass between us only as prodigious and gratified looks, obscure and roundabout allusions. – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  11. A somewhat roundabout route was taken in order to avoid any possible overhauling by naval or revenue ships. – Cuba, Old and New by Albert Gardner Robinson
  12. We are generally perfectly of accord in our conclusions, said Miss Leonora; as for Dora, she comes to the same end by a roundabout way. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  13. Leibel had duly apprised her of the roundabout manner in which she would have to be won, and she had acquiesced in the comedy. – Stories By English Authors: London by Various
  14. It was his habit to take a rather roundabout way up to the little cottage on the hill. – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  15. " Yes, perfectly; but always in a roundabout way. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  16. And your clothes are too thin for the roundabout sea journey in this cold wind. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  17. Although the government subscribed one- fifth of the capital, it was paid for by a roundabout process which actually resulted in the loan of the amount by the bank to the treasury. – The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia by Frank Cousins Phil M. Riley
  18. " They never ask for things straight out; but they always get 'em in roundabout ways. – Ship's Company, The Entire Collection by W.W. Jacobs
  19. He took a roundabout way along the edge of the forest; for he knew that the Siegwart family would be at divine service, and he did not wish to arrive at the house a moment before the time. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden