take a detour

Definition

Take a detour is an idiom that refers to the act of straying from the direct route of a journey in order to go on a different route.

Examples

We decided to take a detour so we could see the countryside.

We should take a detour around the traffic jam.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is uncertain, but some believe it may have come from the phrase ‘to take a turn’ which was used in the late 18th century.

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