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skirt around (someone or something)

1. To lie around the edge of something. The small creek skirting around the edge of our property has always been a source of fascination to our kids. The proposed highway will skirt around the city to ease the pressure of rush-hour commuters.
2. To move around someone or something so as to avoid or evade them or it. The pilots changed course in order to skirt around the storm. I skirted around the security guard when his back was turned and made my way into the building.
3. To avoid or evade some issue or topic, as by circumlocution. He always skirts around the issue whenever I bring up pay raises for the people on my team. When asked about his role in the scandal, the CEO skirted around the issue with a longwinded non sequitur about his loyalty to his company and its customers.
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skirt around someone or something

Fig. to move around and avoid someone or something. (something can be a topic of conversation.) We talked the whole evening and managed to skirt around Fred. We had to skirt around the subject.
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Slight took defeat on the chin and said: "There's no skirting around the fact, I just didn't have the package this weekend."
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After skirting around each other for what seems like ages, this week they finally give in to their emotions and get back together.
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Its ornate features have been restored and work is under way on a pounds 1m road to the back of the Dome which will replace the one currently skirting around the seaward side of Spanish City.
Some doctors are "skirting around the rules" and not insisting on months of lifestyle change and pharmaceutical treatment before allowing patients to undergo surgery, specialists said.
PUFF DADDY: Catherine and husband Michael with legendary Cuban musician Compay Segundo; SKIRTING AROUND: Catherine steps out; GOLDEN GIRL: With fetching earrings