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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: détour

detour

1 noun
     
de‧tour1 [countable]
1 a way of going from one place to another that is longer than the usual way
make/take a detour
We took a detour to avoid the town centre.
2 American English a different road for traffic when the usual road cannot be used [= diversion British English]

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