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not beat about/around the bush

To stop speak vaguely or euphemistically; to be frank and direct. Don't beat around the bush—just tell me the truth. I wish they wouldn't beat about the bush like that. If they're going to fire me, then they should just fire me already!
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not beat around the bush

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not beat about the bush

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If you don't beat around the bush or don't beat about the bush, you say what you want to say clearly and directly. Let's not beat about the bush. I think these letters are worth a lot to you. Note: In game shooting, beaters drive birds or small animals out of the undergrowth by beating it with sticks. They may have to do this cautiously as they do not know exactly where the birds or animals are.
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Coulson," he said, "we need not beat about the bush.
Giving evidence led by his lawyer Ms Bokani Machinya recently, Mangwa who testified after Patrick Gaile who admitted having a hand in the incident, did not beat about the bush but told the court that while at Tuwana camp he together with Lebang Ntesi and Gorata Sebego forcefully entered the Chinese man's house where they ransacked it for anything they could profit from.
And let's not beat about the bush it was a hard knock to take after the positivity and excitement of the campaign, particularly over the last few months.
Let's not beat about the bush, greyhound racing needs television coverage.
LET'S not beat about the bush - Everton have spent an awful lot of money to become awful.
Let's not beat about the bush, had we remained in the EU Teessiders would see precious little of the promised riches so often enjoyed by the likes of city slickers and property speculators.
TWO million pounds - let's not beat about the bush, we are not talking pennies here, we are talking about a lot of money.
Murray said: "Let's not beat about the bush, it's the biggest sendingoffyou'llseethisweek in Britain - it's that bad.
But let's not beat about the bush - Mercedes were the quickest car, even though they ran into their issues.
Let's not beat about the bush -- Aleem Dar is on England's case.
Just as well Ireland is facing this with its eyes open, one might add, because European Parliament President Martin Schulz - visiting Dublin on 28 February with Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso - did not beat about the bush.
Let's not beat about the bush here - England have no chance of doing a Greece or a Denmark and catching everyone by surprise, as Hodgson's squad is perhaps the most recognised group of players in Europe, if not the world, thanks to "the exposure of the Premier League.
LET'S not beat about the bush here - Saturday's goalless draw with Swansea City at Anfield represents a low point in the season.
Sympathy ''To compound that and to book Gary Cahill for simulating which, let's not beat about the bush, what he is saying is that Gary Cahill was cheating in trying to gain an advantage of a penalty, that's one thing that lad would never do.