Then by a roundabout route they started on their return to the car.
This is ingenious, but her proof, after that, is (as she candidly admits) "clumsy and roundabout."
But in a roundabout way I did get some news as to what happened.
Before the night was out, however, I had gone to work in a roundabout way.
What need of this roundabout, mysterious mode of communicating?