Circumlocution

Definition of Circumlocution

Cir`cum`lo`cu´tion
n.1.The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a periphrase.
the plain Billingsgate way of calling names . . . would save abundance of time lost by circumlocution.
- Swift.
Circumlocution office
a term of ridicule for a governmental office where business is delayed by passing through the hands of different officials.

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