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oblique — as in:  an oblique reference

I sat up: oblique strain to the cartilage between the lower ribs.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
indirect; i.e., not straightforward

Less commonly, oblique can mean slanting in various senses, such as:
  • An oblique line is not parallel or perpendicular to its reference line.
  • An oblique angle is not a right angle or a multiple of a right angle.
  • An oblique muscle is one that runs at a slant relative to the long axis of the body or relevant limb—such as the abdominal obliques.
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