highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious;
"the Byzantine tax structure"
"Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"
"convoluted legal language"
"the plot was too involved"
"a knotty problem"
"got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave"
"tortuous legal procedures"
"tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
marked by repeated turns and bends;
"a tortuous road up the mountain"
"winding roads are full of surprises"
"had to steer the car down a twisty track"
"his tortuous reasoning"
- It took all he could do to keep his cart from going over in the tortuous mountain trails.
- History follows a tortuous course.
- We still have a long and tortuous road to travel.
- But the negotiations proved long and tortuous.
- Never mind the tortuous explanation;tell me in plain English, are you coming or not?
The route from Avebury is slow and tortuous.出自： W. Horwood