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    Can ‘detour’ mean ‘bypass’ in the sense of ‘to go around’?

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    Re: Detour

    In short, yes it can. Just.

    Eg: "There's a traffic bottleneck in the next town, so let's bypass it/detour by taking the next left and using the lanes".

    Note that you must bypass something, you can't just bypass. (Like 'enjoy' - you can't just enjoy, no matter how many restaurant staff tell you to!)

    'Detour' does not only have this meaning of bypassing: on your journey, you can detour to visit another place before continuing to your original destination. However, in England we would probably favour the expression 'make a detour'.

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