Go round the houses - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
go round the houses
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go (all) around the houses
To waste one's time and energy saying unimportant things before getting to one's point. Doc, please stop going around the houses and just tell me—how serious are Johnny's injuries?
go round the houses or
go all round the houses BRITISH
If someone goes round the houses or goes all round the houses, they keep talking about unimportant things before they get to the thing they are meant to be talking about. After three minutes of going round the houses I had still failed to get a sense from him of whether he felt he'd done anything wrong. I really can't be bothered going all round the houses with you. This is the deal.
go round (or all round) the houses 1 take a circuitous route to your destination. 2 take an unnecessarily long time to get to the point.
References in periodicals archive
I don't like him running so quickly again after a race where he had to go round the houses
to finish second.
"Why go round the houses
, eh?" he asked with feigned incredulity.
"People go round the houses
talking about my complaints over the training pitches and so on, which were valid.
You can go round the houses
and back again on form lines making a good case for any of the leading five runners.
Do not "go round the houses
" with her; be upfront and honest.
"I've got to go round the houses
and it's rude not to eat.