• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Round-house in ships, a cabin or house on the after-part of the quarterdeck: on American railways, an engine-house
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Round the houses - If you go round the houses, you do something in an inefficient way when there is a quicker, more convenient way.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roond (Fr. rond)—L. rotundusrota, a wheel.


In literature:

We were no sooner in than MacLachlan was scenting round and into this little house.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Rounded gable-ends are a feature of these houses, which may still be seen along the Strand.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
In the centre of the lawn, before the house, stood four great ancient yews, while all round were high box hedges, now, alas!
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
The school house was built of rough, round logs.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
I 'members de days when mammy wored a blue hankerchief 'round her haid an' cooked in de great house.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
A broad verandah ran round the house, on one side of which or the other shade could be obtained at all times of the day.
"The Heir of Kilfinnan" by W.H.G. Kingston
On landing they found an Indian village constructed round a common square like a market-place, with one large and well-built house in it.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
There was Charles giving notice that the crowd was running round from the back to the front of the house!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
They have a large old-fashioned house with a considerable amount of ground round it.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The boat came round in a graceful circle; and to the surprise of all, the coxswain headed her directly for the boat-house.
"The Boat Club" by Oliver Optic
Round and round the Council House the boar flew, leaving a track of brightness.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The veranda ran round the entire house; only on one side was there a flight of steps down to the ground.
"Queensland Cousins" by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
I made the money to buy it at the round house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
But now the trunk was sent round to the house, and a family consultation was held about packing it.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
Silence was maintained till they had rounded a corner and the tall buff house was left behind.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Any building run up for temporary purposes; the name is occasionally given to the round-house on a vessel's deck.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Others crowded round the swinging doors of the coffee-house in the Piazza.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
When he looked round, he saw that the man from the house was already in chase.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
There is a broad verandah round the whole or part of the house.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Coming round the house she found her daffodil crushed to pieces.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

"Tie a green gravat round his neck,
And lead him out and in,
And the best ae servant about your house
To wait young Benjie on.
"Young Benjie" by Andrew Lang
To this the joyful nations round,
All tribes and tongues, shall flow;
Up to the hill of God, they'll say,
And to his house we'll go.
"Hymn V. Behold! the mountain of the Lord" by John Logan
Spring's joyful harbingers are we,
And her inspiring streams we swell;
And so the house of death we flee,
For life alone must round us dwell.
"Parables And Riddles" by Friedrich von Schiller
Purple and grey the horizon walls them round
With purpler clouds.
They wander in it like guests gently astray
In a house deep mystery shrouds.
"Need Of Storm" by Cale Young Rice
Lo! the moon ascending!
Up from the east, the silvery round moon;
Beautiful over the house tops, ghastly phantom moon;
Immense and silent moon.
"Dirge For Two Veterans" by Walt Whitman
The shadowy scents, that haunt and flit
Along the walks, beneath the boughs,
Seem ghosts of sweethearts here who sit,
Or wander 'round each empty house,
Wrapped in the silence of dead vows.
"A Street Of Ghosts" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The Missouri House on Tuesday gave first-round approval to legislation that could shorten the sentences of some criminals who are placed on probation or parole.
The Missouri House on Tuesday gave first-round approval to legislation that shortens the sentences of criminals placed on probation.
Louise Erdrich's 'The Round House' details crusade for justice.
Electronic House scours the web to round up the sweetest tech deals each week.
Jeff Brown talks to Erdrich about her novel "The Round House," set on the N.D.
The Round House' is a moving novel about youth, maturity and family.
"The Round House" is Louise Erdrich's 14th novel.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
The Round House,' by Louise Erdrich.
Louise Erdrich's revenge tale: 'The Round House'.
"Church" at Round House Silver Spring.
Photograph courtesy of Round House Theatre.
Louise Erdrich's 'The Round House' Takes Back the Reservation Night.
The National Book Awards on Wednesday honored both longtime writers and new authors, from Louise Erdrich for "The Round House" to Katherine Boo for her debut work, "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers.
"The Round House," by Louise Erdrich.