Definition of 'oblique'
Example sentences containing 'oblique'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
It was an oblique way of giving praise. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Walks are oblique approaches to difficult destinations. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Public relations is more oblique in its approach. Fats, Nutrition and Health (1991)These work the oblique muscles at the side of the waist. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The hardships have been played down and there are only oblique references to the question of whether or not a ransom was paid. Times, Sunday Times (2012)On its final page, one short sentence makes an oblique reference to the crisis ahead. Times, Sunday Times (2010)So it's perhaps not surprising he traded the overtly political for a more oblique approach. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But what you're now facing is more complex and requires a more oblique approach. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Many an oblique line holds it all together, and some of its messages still hit home. Times, Sunday Times (2011)One of the oblique ways of telling what a new place is like is to see what sort of books are in the junk shop. Times, Sunday Times (2006)As you begin this week, you may still be hoping that you can find an oblique way of addressing complex issues with others. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Yet these do their job, along with the oblique references to the farm's isolation. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She uses the archive as an oblique way of talking about serious issues: 'I see it as an unspoken sharing. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A gem from the superb new box set covering the enigmatic Walker brother's less oblique years. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Palace trees screen the boundary opposite the hotel and much of the Tudor buildings, which lie at a distance downstream at an oblique angle to the hotel. Times, Sunday Times (2008)With a favourable tide, we took an oblique course across the bay, heading for the high island which we had passed just before making our first encampment. THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS: Coming of Age in the Arctic (2004)
Trends of 'oblique'
In Common Usage. oblique is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'oblique'
British English: oblique ADJECTIVE
If you describe a statement as oblique, you mean that is not expressed directly or openly, making it difficult to understand.
It was an oblique reference to his mother.
Definition of oblique from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Rainbow Tree, Asymmetric Wreath, and Period Poverty: November’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this November with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.