winding, roundabout paths or ways.
Historical Examples

Charles ran through all the ambages of intrigue, like a subject who endeavours to make a minister suspected by his master.
The History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia Voltaire

Longa est injuria, long / ambages—Long is the story of her wrongs, tedious the details.
Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood


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