Sometimes, angry spirits attacked the circumlocution Office.
The circumlocution has been in vain—you must have guessed it—Ikey adored Rosy.
He informed Chamberlain, with some circumlocution, that the Frenchman had been extremely anxious over the telegram.
The Barnacle family had for some time helped to administer the circumlocution Office.
I am like the clerk in the circumlocution Office who always complained bitterly when any one came in to ask information.
There was not the slightest flavour of the circumlocution Office about their proceedings.
We run to the window whenever we feel inclined, and we leave our shades up at dusk without apology or circumlocution.
He defined the nature and crime of treason with elaboration and circumlocution.
The circumlocution and cold categories of Kant fail to improve the conditions of mortals, morally, spiritually, or physically.
Dick of the Syke was not to be beaten for lack of the logic of circumlocution.
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).
Roundabout speech or writing: “The driveway was not unlike that military training device known as an obstacle course” is a circumlocution for “The driveway resembled an obstacle course.” Circumlocution comes from Latin words meaning “speaking around.”