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A diversion or deviation from one's original route.
French détour from Old French destor from destorner to turn away des- de- torner to turn turn
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From French détour, from détourner (“turn away”).
Instruct everyone that drives in this direction to take a detour because the bridge is not safe in this inclement weather.
Thus the passes which crossed a single ridge, and did not involve too great a detour through a long valley of approach, became the most important and the most popular, e.g.
After making a long detour north, often crossing the roads previously travelled by Bonvalot and Bower, and passing by Riwoche, he came to Chiamdo and Tachienlu.
As they walked down the hill, Jonathan made a detour to the Oak tree and she called him back.
The detour to Sinai-Horeb appears to belong to a later stage of the tradition, and is connected with the introduction of laws and institutions of relatively later form.
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