1. to say or do something in an indirect way
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.