go all round the houses

go all round the houses
go (all) round the houses British to waste time saying a lot of things that are not important before you get to the subject you want to talk about.

There's no need to go all round the houses, just tell me straight out what's wrong.


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  • go round the houses — go (all) round the houses British to waste time saying a lot of things that are not important before you get to the subject you want to talk about. There s no need to go all round the houses, just tell me straight out what s wrong …   New idioms dictionary

  • go all round the houses — British spoken 1) to go somewhere by a way that is very long and not direct 2) to say or do something in a very complicated way when it could be very simple …   English dictionary

  • go all round the houses — …   Useful english dictionary

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  • All-round — Round Round, adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster] Round he throws his baleful eyes. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Circularly; in a circular form or manner; by revolving or reversing one s position; as, to turn one s head round; a wheel turns… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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