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Herbert has a circumlocutory manner over the phone which irritates me.

To come to the point, without any circumlocutory delay, I am a young man with aspirations far above my station in life.

Allusions were made to it in a circumlocutory style: "The place you know—a certain street—at the bottom of the Bridges."

Certainly I was born under Cancer, and all my movements are circumlocutory, sideways, and crab-like.

The practice thus forced upon one in employing a Chinese servant is useful in preventing a circumlocutory habit of speech.

Another lot sneered at this circumlocutory and unsatisfactory process of argument.

He hears real discussion; he learns to pick men for higher work; and saves many hours of circumlocutory writing.

It is only thus that we can become free—by a circumlocutory process of self-abnegation, self-sacrifice and self-annihilation.

Certainly I was born under the Cancer, and all my movements are circumlocutory, sideways, and crab-like.

Stammering becomes more eloquent than oratory, a child's impulsiveness wiser than circumlocutory experience.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Latin circumlocutionem (nominative circumlocutio) "a speaking around" (the topic), from circum- "around" (see circum-) + locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak" (see locution). A loan-translation of Greek periphrasis (see periphrasis).

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