de·tour (dētr′, dĭ-tr)
1. A roundabout way or course, especially a road used temporarily instead of a main route.
2. A deviation from a direct course of action.
intr. & tr.v. de·toured, de·tour·ing, de·tours
To go or cause to go by a roundabout way.
[French détour, from Old French destor, from destorner, to turn away : des-, de- + torner, to turn; see TURN.]
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