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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?
See also: around, beat, bush

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.
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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.
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beat about the bush

discuss a matter without coming to the point; be ineffectual and waste time.
This phrase is a metaphor which originated in the shooting or netting of birds; compare with beat the bushes below.
1992 Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger I don't want to beat about the bush. Mr Adams is threatening to leave us.
See also: beat, bush

ˌbeat about the ˈbush

(British English) (American English ˌbeat around the ˈbush) take too long before saying what you want to say; avoid saying something directly: Don’t beat about the bush. Tell me exactly what you think is wrong with my work. OPPOSITE: call a spade a spade
See also: 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.
See also: around, beat, bush
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Prosecutors said they applied to the court for permission to detain Liu because he had been beating around the bush in an attempt to shirk his responsibility in the incident and that he could collude with other accomplices and witnesses.
Terming Nawaz Sharif's speech a pack of lies, Fawad Chaudhry alleged that instead of beating around the bush, he should simply answer the questions of nation about his Rs300 billion assets and their sources.
Mr Zaidi also asked the PPP chairman to share evidence with the KP police regarding the cases instead of beating around the bush.
We're not beating around the bush, we want to win the league.
It would be wise for India to pull back its troops as soon as possible, instead of just beating around the bush or bargaining with China in the name of Bhutan.
Without beating around the bush, Bennett has had a torrid time in B6 since his arrival in August 2012.
But China's rulers keep beating around the bush, going all the way like they were the king of kings while, in the background, little by little, they occupy the West Philippine Sea.
And there's no beating around the bush with this lot.
On her birthday, I received an early morning call from a family friend asking about my mother's health, beating around the bush, until she finally asked where she could pay her last respects.
There's no point beating around the bush, throwing out stuff here," Limerick man Cronin admitted.
SCORPIO Oct 23- Nov 21 Stop beating around the bush and try to be more considerate regarding a family elder.
I'm not a big fan of talking and beating around the bush.
THERE'S no point beating around the Bush - Town's record down at QPR is pretty dismal.
He said: "There is no point in beating around the bush, we need three points at home.
In his response to this position, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, could hardly be accused of beating around the bush - he has threatened of an EP veto.