indirection : Definition, Usages, News and More
- n indirect procedure or action
he tried to find out by indirection
- n deceitful action that is not straightforward
he could see through the indirections of diplomats
- With typical Communist indirection, Moscow and Peking used tiny, insignificant Albania as the symbol of the quarrel and as their ideological whipping boy.
- The unfortunate museum officials obeyed with artistic indirection.
- We know the Senators' tics and mannerisms, their preferred methods of verbal indirection, their expressions when they're angry or surprised or bored.
News & Articles
- What’s Behind the New Iranian Charm Offensive
Usually, it’s hard to tell quite what’s going on with Iran. Usually, the government is divided and its signals to a foreigner mixed, or at least wreathed in what’s been dubbed in the past as “Oriental indirection.” Translated — and anything coming out of Tehran must be translated — Oriental indirection means “listen to what I didn’t say” and “watch my eyes dance as I don’t say it.” It’s a bit ...
Sept. 20, 2013 - Time.com via Yahoo! News
- Bob Woodward in Sydney Morning Herald
I was as speechless as I was in July 2006 when I interviewed him and he said he was not a military commander, that he could make the case that he was 'by indirection, two or three steps removed',Woodward told me afterwards.
- Frederick Reiken in NPR
We use a metaphorical version of sleight of hand all the time,Reiken says. "There's so much indirection in our lives."
- Ernie Chambers in Stateline.org
I will have achieved by indirection, during the waning hours of my career here, what I could not directly accomplish. This demonstrates that there is more than one way to crack a walnut,Chambers said in a telephone interview with...