beat around the bush


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beat (about/around) the bush

To speak vaguely or euphemistically so as to avoid talking directly about an unpleasant or sensitive topic. Don't beat around the bush—just tell me the truth. Why are you beating around the bush? Are you leaving our company?
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beat around the bush

 and beat about the bush
Fig. to avoid answering a question; to stall; to waste time. Stop beating around the bush and answer my question. Let's stop beating about the bush and discuss this matter.
See also: around, beat, bush

beat around the bush

Also, beat about the bush. Approach indirectly, in a roundabout way, or too cautiously. For example, Stop beating around the bush-get to the point. This term, first recorded in 1572, originally may have alluded to beating the bushes for game.
See also: around, beat, bush

beat around the bush

To speak evasively or misleadingly, or to stall or waste time. To flush pheasants and other birds so they could be shot, British gamekeepers hired beaters who would swing sticks at likely places where the birds might be lurking. Not to go directly to such foliage but to work around it instead gave the impression of wasting time or not trying very hard to raise the birds; hence, beating around the bush.
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He was honest with me and I was honest with him - we didn't beat around the bush.
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When you're poor people, you don't have time to beat around the bush,'' said former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.
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He said: "I have only got this season and next at Old Trafford and I wouldn't beat around the bush if I think the time is right to leave United or football.
If any of the celebs are too far up their own backsides Eric won't beat around the bush.
Keane said: I wouldn't beat around the bush if I think the time is right to leave United.
Being outspoken can be a bad thing but that is who I am - I am honest and open and I don't beat around the bush.
He added: "I hope the Tories don't win, let's not beat around the bush.
His straight talking may have left you feeling rather shaken but at least he didn't beat around the bush.