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Definition indirect; i.e., not straightforward

Less commonly, oblique can have other meanings that relate to the concept of slanting:
  • 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.
  • Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
obliquely = indirectly
  • We are in a crater, the English are coming down obliquely, they are turning our flank and working in behind us.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The next throw whizzes obliquely over the corner and clears a passage; as we run past we toss handfuls down into the dug-outs, the earth shudders, it crashes, smokes and groans, we stumble over slippery lumps of flesh, over yielding bodies; I fall into an open belly on which lies a clean, new officer's cap.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He had apologized to me many times in many ways before, but his apologies had always been oblique, "Eat with me, Dana.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • She walked obliquely away across the grass as though trying to get rid of him, then seemed to resign herself to having him at her side.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The hotel's silence seemed to mock him with echoes which were almost there, sly and oblique.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Pickett's left oblique began.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • They turned so they faced Eragon obliquely and, bending at the waists, drew a large pentagram on the ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • To say it was incredible was to obliquely recognize the existence of credibility and that was nearly impossible.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But he said it with a warm smile:, and Danny and I were delighted by his oblique compliment.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • I sat up: oblique strain to the cartilage between the lower ribs.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Peering obliquely across the towering gilded altar to the far end of the south transept, Langdon saw several people crawling on their hands and knees.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The strategy's in place, a strategy so oblique and devious, so long in the making, they believe it can't fail.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • That is the tortuous method preferred, in each of the meanderings of his indefatigable novel, by the oblique Ts'ui Pên.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Everybody had a secret that he had to spread obliquely to keep its identity as a secret.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He saw a cow swimming slowly towards the fill in an oblique line.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • He met Fielding at the railway station on his return, agreed to dine with him, and then started taxing him by the oblique method, outwardly merry.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The leg came down at an oblique angle and snapped.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • She approached the barn from an oblique angle that allowed her a look in the door before she could be seen herself.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • The protruding part was obliquely triangular.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement

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