Definition of swings and roundaboutsBritish, informal
- It is a case of swings and roundabouts.
: to cause to move vigorously through a wide arc or circle
: to cause to sway to and fro
: to cause to turn on an axis
: an act or instance of swinging : swinging movement: such as
: a stroke or blow delivered with a sweeping arm movement
: a sweeping or rhythmic movement of the body or a bodily part
: of or relating to musical swing
: that may swing often decisively either way on an issue or in an election
: circuitous, indirect
: a circuitous route : detour
: a short close-fitting jacket worn by men and boys especially in the 19th century
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