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around Robin Hood's barn

A long, indirect route. A: "What took you guys so long to get here?" B: "Well, rather than just going through town, our esteemed driver took us all around Robin Hood's barn instead!"
See also: around, barn, robin

go around Robin Hood's barn

To take a long, indirect route. A: "What took you guys so long to get here?" B: "Well, rather than just going through town, our esteemed driver went around Robin Hood's barn instead!"
See also: around, barn, robin

all around Robin Hood's barn

going somewhere by an indirect route; going way out of the way [to get somewhere]; by a long and circuitous route. We had to go all around Robin Hood's barn to get to the little town.
See also: all, around, barn, robin

look under the hood

to examine the engine of a car; to check the oil, water, and other such routine items associated with the engine of a car. I finished putting gas in. I need to look under the hood. Do you want me to look under the hood, sir?
See also: hood, look

hood

1. n. a hoodlum. A couple of hoods hassled us on the street.
2. n. the neighborhood; the ghetto; any neighborhood. Back in the hood, Bob’s considered an important guy.

hood rat

n. someone who hangs around the [black] neighborhood. Sam’s just a wimpy hood rat. He never sees any action.
See also: hood, rat
References in classic literature ?
They passed through the narrow passage in the front of the house until they came to the lodger's door at the back, and there Dr Hood, with the trick of an old detective, put his shoulder sharply to the panel and burst in the door.
Dr Orion Hood paused for one instant on the doormat and drank in the whole scene of voiceless violence.
I should not advise you, Miss MacNab," said Dr Hood gravely, "to be in any hurry to fetch the police.
Dr Hood replaced the silk hat carefully on the side table, and went across to the captive.
I have looked at all the knots on Mr Todhunter," reiterated Hood quietly.
Dr Hood," he cried enthusiastically, "you are a great poet
I have no notion what you are talking about," said Dr Hood rather haughtily; "my facts are all inevitable, though necessarily incomplete.
But a hatter," protested Hood, "can get money out of his stock of new hats.
Now the Sheriff of Nottingham swore that he himself would bring this knave Robin Hood to justice, and for two reasons: first, because he wanted the two hundred pounds, and next, because the forester that Robin Hood had killed was of kin to him.
But Robin Hood lay hidden in Sherwood Forest for one year, and in that time there gathered around him many others like himself, cast out from other folk for this cause and for that.
So, in all that year, fivescore or more good stout yeomen gathered about Robin Hood, and chose him to be their leader and chief.
Up rose Robin Hood one merry morn when all the birds were singing blithely among the leaves, and up rose all his merry men, each fellow washing his head and hands in the cold brown brook that leaped laughing from stone to stone.
Then Robin Hood stepped quickly to the coverside and cut a good staff of ground oak, straight, without new, and six feet in length, and came back trimming away the tender stems from it, while the stranger waited for him, leaning upon his staff, and whistling as he gazed round about.
Then Robin Hood and all his band laughed aloud until the stranger began to grow angry.
Nay, good friend," said Robin Hood, "bottle thine anger, for the name fitteth thee well.