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tortuous

tawr chuh wuhs

  • s  highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    tortuous legal procedures
    tortuous negotiations lasting for months
  • s  marked by repeated turns and bends
    a tortuous road up the mountain
  • s  not straightforward
    his tortuous reasoning

  • After Cambodia appealed for international assistance in setting up a genocide tribunal in 1997, it took another nine years of governmental foot-dragging and tortuous negotiations .
  • Aurally it contrives to suggest something at once slippery and tortuous.
  • By giving the brethren their first sister, Reagan provided not only a breakthrough on the bench but a powerful push forward in the shamefully long and needlessly tortuous march .
News & Articles

  • Coyotes decision expected within two weeks
    The long, tortuous ownership saga of the Phoenix Coyotes is entering its final phase.
    June 13, 2013 - ESPN
  • Big issues decided by small groups of legislators as the NH lawmaking session winds up
    CONCORD – Several grand bargains between House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders are needed before this 2013 session can come to a close. We’re used to the tortuous process that is legislating in New Hampshire, where every lawmaker without pedigree gets a clean shot at passing, killing or changing at bill to beyond recognition. Now we are heading into that uncomfortable period when it’s ...
    June 10, 2013 - The Nashua Telegraph
  • Big issues decided by small groups of legislators as the NH lawmaking session winds up
    CONCORD – Several grand bargains between House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders are needed before this 2013 session can come to a close. We’re used to the tortuous process that is legislating in New Hampshire, where every lawmaker without pedigree gets a clean shot at passing, killing or changing at bill to beyond recognition. Now we are heading into that uncomfortable period when it’s ...
    June 10, 2013 - The Nashua Telegraph
Quotes

  • Rahim Jaffer in CBC.ca
    I do not wish to extend this process, which has been tortuous for me and my family, any longer than necessary,he wrote.
  • Ray Takeyh in Washington Post
    I expect the tortuous negotiations will continue and not result in any meaningful compromise anytime soon,said Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a US think tank. "There is a fundamental disagreement about...
  • Wen Jiabao in Gaea Times (blog)
    Speaking at a business forum, Wen said the economy is "better than expected" but warned that global economic recovery will be a "long and tortuous process."

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