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roundhouse

[ round-hous ]
/ ˈraʊndˌhaʊs /
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noun, plural round·hous·es [round-hou-ziz]. /ˈraʊndˌhaʊ zɪz/.
a building for the servicing and repair of locomotives, built around a turntable in the form of some part of a circle.
Nautical. a cabin on the after part of a quarterdeck.
Slang. a punch in which the arm is typically brought straight out to the side or rear of the body and in which the fist describes an exaggerated circular motion.
Also called round trip. Pinochle. a meld of one king and queen of each suit.
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Origin of roundhouse

First recorded in 1580–90; round1 + house
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British Dictionary definitions for roundhouse

roundhouse
/ (ˈraʊndˌhaʊs) /

noun
a circular building in which railway locomotives are serviced or housed, radial tracks being fed by a central turntable
boxing slang
  1. a swinging punch or style of punching
  2. (as modifier)a roundhouse style
pinochle, US a meld of all four kings and queens
an obsolete word for jail
obsolete a cabin on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship
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