Went around the houses - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
go all round the ˈhouses (British English, informal) do something or ask a question in a very complicated way instead of in a simple, direct way: If you want to ask her something, just ask her directly — there’s no need to go all round the houses!
References in periodicals archive
Mr Corbyn was determined to shift Maria Eagle from Defence because of her support for Trident missiles, but went around the houses
to do it.
They went around the houses
asking had anyone seen what happened.
It went down to the wire, we went around the houses
a few times because everyone wanted the best deal for their own countries.
And the scenes with the young lovers (Clare Corbett as feisty Grace and Laurence Mitchell as foppish Charles) went around the houses
far too long, so much as to get irritating.
We went around the Houses
of Parliament with Ramsay McDonald and Mr Baldwin.
We filled the ambulance full of food and water and other essential stuff and we went around the houses
handing them out.