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Definition avoid or work around something
  • The President circumvented Congress by appointing the U.N. Ambassador after the Senate adjourned for the summer.
  • The company circumvented the regulation by replacing regular employees with contractors and part-timers.
  • They had to part in order to circumvent a crowd.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • I had to watch the steering, and circumvent those snags, and get the tin-pot along by hook or by crook.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Heart of Darkness
  • He had made quite a study of the cracksman's craft, in a resolve to circumvent it with his own.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  A Thief in the Night
  • He gave up the hopeless attempt to circumvent Sir Patrick, and—come what might of it—dashed at a direct allusion to Sir Patrick's niece.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • they must circumvent arid Nature exactly as I circumvent sordid Man.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  No Name
  • I passed out of the room, reflecting that it would not be easy to circumvent her.
    James, Henry  --  The Aspern Papers
  • But behold how iniquity can circumvent the law
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • Perchance they were seeking some method to circumvent the forest people.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Grandfather's Chair
  • As we turned into the shrubbery path, I attempted to circumvent him in another way.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Moonstone
  • The bell, hung on the door by means of a curved ribbon of steel, was difficult to circumvent.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • Yet it had worked, more or less, and when it had not, he and his sister made themselves available to circumvent obstacles.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Obviously, we needed to circumvent the checkpoint.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He gave Philip a slight smile, in which was a trace of satisfied cunning at having circumvented his enemy once more.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The only thing that interests me now is the problem of circumventing the machine, learning if the inevitable admits a loophole.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Your Honor, what we have here is an attempt to circumvent rather than facilitate Miss Cardinal's wishes.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • For the moment I do not see how we are to circumvent him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He circumvented a cluster of people, straining for a better view.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • But all of this protection can be circumvented once a gunman knows the precise motorcade route.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy

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