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beat about the bush

Definition of beat about the bush in English:

Discuss a matter without coming to the point: he never beat about the bush when something was annoying him
More example sentences
  • So, without any further beating about the bush, I present this week's question.
  • But then everybody must stop beating about the bush and tell it like it is.
  • ‘I don't think we ought to beat about the bush,’ he joked.
prevaricate, vacillate, evade/dodge the issue, be non-committal, hedge, hedge one's bets, quibble, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words, stall, shilly-shally, hesitate;
British  hum and haw
informal pussyfoot around, waffle, flannel, sit on the fence, duck the question
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