1. slanting; at an angle
1. The crack ran at an oblique angle across the window pane.
2. I tried to tell him, in an oblique way, that it was too late and I was too tired to discuss the matter with him now.
obliquus (slanting, sidelong, indirect) (Latin)
Oblique - split it like OB (object) lique (sounds as LIKE). So OBject Like, referring something indirectly.