Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
in a roundabout way
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1) to say or do something in an indirect way
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say something in a roundabout way
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.
Social Examples (Advance)
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.
He didn't exactly say I could borrow the car but he did imply it, in a sort of roundabout way.
Professional Examples (Advance)
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.
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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