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not taking a direct or straight line or course

without a fixed or regular course

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indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way

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characterized by insincerity or deceit

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deviating from a straight course

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When the travellers had pushed on at a rapid rate through many devious paths, the Palmer at length broke silence.
We will go by devious ways, and so, I hope, will reach Sherwood in safety.
Then he told them that here they should part company; they three going to the eastward and he to the westward, and so, skirting the main highroads, would come by devious paths to Sherwood.
He walked moodily some paces up the once populous avenue, then, with a heavy sigh, turned in the direction of the river, and, plunging through a great variety of devious ways, came out, at length, in view of one of the principal theatres.
By many devious ways, reeking with offence of many kinds, they come to the little tunnel of a court, and to the gas-lamp
I have no stomach to narrate the monotonous events of the tedious days that Woola and I spent ferreting our way across the labyrinth of glass, through the dark and devious ways beyond that led beneath the Valley Dor and Golden Cliffs to emerge at last upon the flank of the Otz Mountains just above the Valley of Lost Souls--that pitiful purgatory peopled by the poor unfortunates who dare not continue their abandoned pilgrimage to Dor, or return to the various lands of the outer world from whence they came.
through the savage gloom there came to him a stately maiden, and took him by the hand and led him on through devious paths, unknown to any man, until upon the darkness of the wood there dawned a light such as the light of day was unto but as a little lamp unto the sun; and, in that wondrous light, our way-worn knight saw as in a dream a vision, and so glorious, so fair the vision seemed, that of his bleeding wounds he thought no more, but stood as one entranced, whose joy is deep as is the sea, whereof no man can tell the depth.
It was warfare dark and devious, replete with intrigue and conspiracy, plot and counterplot.
They returned to the carriage by devious paths; when they were in, she said, "But couldn't you get it renewed?
We went down accordingly into the waste, and began to make our toilsome and devious travel towards the eastern verge.
In a dreadful state of doubt and uncertainty, the agonised young woman staggered to the gate, and then, exchanging her faltering walk for a swift run, returned by the most devious and complicated route she could think of, to the domicile of the Jew.
Led on by some rudimentary aspirations towards right, and encouraged by the judicious stimulation of an occasional ten-pound note sent to him by devious methods, he has once or twice given me advance information which has been of value--that highest value which anticipates and prevents rather than avenges crime.
PETER CHAPPLE-HYAM has paid tribute to his 1992 Derby winner Dr Devious, who has died peacefully at stud in Sardinia, just short of his 29th birthday.
Many books have been written about the case, and theories about the identity of the killer, Truly Devious (named for the moniker left on a strange riddle), abound, but no one has solved the crime.
Detective Inspector Paul Lamb said: "This was an devious and abhorrent crime against a vulnerable elderly man in which a significant amount of money was stolen from his savings.