go all round the houses

go all round the houses
British spoken
1) to go somewhere by a way that is very long and not direct
2) to say or do something in a very complicated way when it could be very simple

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  • go round the houses — go (all) round the houses British to waste time saying a lot of things that are not important before you get to the subject you want to talk about. There s no need to go all round the houses, just tell me straight out what s wrong …   New idioms dictionary

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