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around Robin Hood's barn

On 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, go, robin

round robin

1. In sports, a tournament in which all participants must face everyone else in successive turns. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. Because we had an odd number of teams, we decided to make the tournament a round robin. There will be four round-robin competitions, with the winner of each one going into a final bracket on Sunday.
2. A document signed in a circle around the edges to mask the order of the signatures (so that a leader of the message cannot be identified). Employees opposing the move have decided to send a round robin to management outlining their protest.
See also: robin, round

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

round robin

1. A petition or other document signed by several persons in sequence, so that no one can tell who was the first to sign it. For example, We decided to send a round robin to management to protest the new rules about work hours . This term originally referred to a grievance presented by seamen to their captain, called round because of the circular sequence of names, but the source of robin has been lost. [Early 1700s]
2. In sports, a tournament in which each player or team plays against all of the others in turn. For example, The club always holds a tennis round robin on the Fourth of July. [Late 1800s]
See also: robin, round

round Robin Hood's barn

by a circuitous route.
Robin Hood is the semi-legendary English medieval outlaw reputed to have robbed the rich and helped the poor. In this expression, Robin Hood's barn represents an out-of-the-way place of a kind that might be used by an outlaw or fugitive such as Robin Hood. Recorded from the mid 19th century, the phrase seems to have originated in the dialect speech of the English Midlands, the area in which Robin Hood is said to have operated.
See also: barn, robin, round

a ˌround ˈrobin

a letter of protest, etc. that has been signed by many people in such a way that no single person can be blamed or punished for sending it: Did you sign that round robin that was sent to the manager this week?This comes from the navy. Originally it was a letter of protest in which the signatures were written in a circle so that nobody could see who had signed it first.
See also: robin, round
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While changing his pants, he would rehearse the lines he wanted to say to Robin, which was mainly about formally asking Kylie's hand in marriage.
Once those fledglings have gone the male and female robin will go back to defending their breeding territories throughout summer and single robins will protect feeding territories in winter.
Dad Robin can relax now that Kylie and Aljur are ready to make their union legal
Wake Robin now runs a Life Plan Community sited on around 136 acres of land in Shelburne, Vermont, which includes a Residential Facility consisting of 212 Independent Living Units and a Health Care Center consisting of 51 Skilled Nursing Units and 31 Residential Care Units.
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TRANSL888 it: To guide you through the festivities will be Robin Goch S4C, the now iconic animated red-breasted robin, who will flag up the dynamic schedule of programmes.
Ted, who had the locket with him and had intended to give it to Robin as a wedding present, gives it to Barney saying, "She needs it to come from you.
Mae dal tiriogaeth yn holl bwysig i'r robin - heb ei diriogaeth all o ddim paru na magu nythaid o gywion.
She has been such a rock of support for everyone and is just so, so strong, remains upbeat and is just willing Robin on and on.
Thursday: Marske, 10am-11am, Robin Hood activities.
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For centuries, Robin Hood has been the property of Nottinghamshire in England--land of Sherwood Forest, Nottingham Castle, and one evil sheriff.
Robin sightings bring a comforting feeling that April weather forecasts frequently cannot.
scapularis were collected from birds captured in May 1993 (one American robin [Turdus migratorius] hosting two larvae), July 1997 (one American robin hosting 31 larvae), and August 1997 (two veerys [Catharus fuscescens] hosting 10 and 42 larvae, respectively; one wood thrush [Hylocichla mustelina] hosting 19 larvae; and one rose-breasted grosbeak [Pheucticus ludovicianus] hosting 19 larvae).
We mourn the loss of the triple--threat sisters: Mildred, Robin and Colleena; we will miss the future hijinks of Art Star, Anna, Moira, Mary, Colleeta and their numerous colourful co--conspirators.