a roundabout or circuitous way or course, especially one used temporarily when the main route is closed.
an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, etc.
to make a detour; go by way of a detour.
to cause to make a detour.
to make a detour around: We detoured Birmingham.
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How to use detour in a sentence
Sure, an IPO is usually regarded as a road to riches, but there’s many a speed bump, detour, and dead-end on that hoped-for path to bundles of cash — especially in the presently buoyant ad tech land.Cheatsheet: PubMatic plots path to growth as a public ad tech vendor | Seb Joseph | December 10, 2020 | Digiday
So Mankiewicz’s decision to target Hearst was shocking, and the explanation for it requires a detour into Mankiewicz’s long and winding biography.The tangled history behind David Fincher’s Mank — and its link to Citizen Kane — explained | Alissa Wilkinson | December 4, 2020 | Vox
She said a detour was set up around the area, but traffic was backed up for about three miles.I-81 closed near Harrisonburg after truck strikes overpass | Dana Hedgpeth | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
If you’re planning on attending or booking a separate trip, keep these adventure detours in mind.
In order to see why, we need to take a brief detour through the philosophy of mathematics.Animals That Can Do Math Understand More Language Than We Think | Erik Nelson | June 14, 2020 | Singularity Hub
But this is also a parody of narcissism, just a little detour to eternity.
The ice cream remains reason enough to detour off I-84 for a visit to this mid-20th century gem.
I will detour for a moment because this where I often see interviewers and pundits roll their eyes.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games. | Garry Kasparov | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the way to the West Bank, perhaps you could take a detour to visit some of the African neighborhoods in Tel Aviv.
I knew what I wanted to do, and college just felt like a detour.Shoshanna No More: Zosia Mamet of ‘Girls’ On Her New Off-Broadway Play | Janice Kaplan | February 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Leaving the main road a detour of a few miles enabled us to visit Crowland Abbey shortly before reaching Peterborough.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Had we known of this at the time, a short detour would have taken us through its quaint streets.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The much-desired inn soon appeared, but, to the surprise of Gorenflot, Chicot caused him to make a detour and pass round the back.Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Three armed with Winchesters made a long detour and dropped quietly into the sage-brush just beyond accurate pistol-range.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
The enemy opened fire without delay, so the Yeomanry had to make a wide detour.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
British Dictionary definitions for detour
a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action
to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action
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