1. Indirect; circuitous: took a roundabout route because the bridge was closed.
2. Characterized by indirectness, evasiveness, or vagueness: a roundabout claim that avoided the issues being discussed.
1. A short, close-fitting jacket.
2. Chiefly British
a. A merry-go-round.
b. A traffic circle.
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