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- adj. indirect or roundabout
- n. A roundabout route or process
- n. A roundabout, indirect, or confusing manner of speech or writing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A roundabout or indirect way.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A roundabout way; a circumlocution.
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Our intention was to travel north, as we knew that was the road leading from the colony; but Hastings had decided that we should first go to the eastward, so as to make what we sailors call a circumbendibus, which would keep us out of the general track.
And believe I will just fancy I see this place too; it sounds rather a "circumbendibus" for us this journey.
I thanked my unknown friend in the mask, and withdrawing a few steps, came, by a little "circumbendibus," upon the flank of the Count.
"It took what that literal fellow, Captain Lawton, calls a circumbendibus,
Heavy-tree Heath; and from that, with a circumbendibus, I fairly lodged them in the horse-pond at the bottom of the garden.
I thanked my unknown friend in the mask, and withdrawing a few steps, came, by a little “circumbendibus,” upon the flank of the Count.
When you have gone a couple of miles, make a circumbendibus back again to the night-house frequented by your set, and relate the adventure, with the same voice and countenance as a broker quotes the price of stocks; then order a cool bottle of claret with the air of a man who has done a meritorious action!
I then introduced them to the gibbet on Heavy-tree Heath; and from that, with a circumbendibus, I fairly lodged them in the horse-pond at the bottom of the garden.
Shakespeare is not pointing out, in 'The knave turns fool that runs away,' that the wise knave who runs away is really a 'fool with a circumbendibus, '' moral miscalculator as well as moral coward. '
It was rather a circumbendibus sort of affair, and somewhat narrow in places, though everywhere there was sufficient room to work the _Lily_ in; and after a run of about half an hour, we shot out between two overhanging ledges, the extremities of which showed about, six feet above water, and found ourselves rising and falling on the long swell of the open ocean.
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