Beat around the bush

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Meaning

  • Avoid talking about a certain topic.
  • Not speaking directly.
  • Speak misleadingly.
  • Avoiding the most important point.

Example Sentences

  • I noticed he was beating around the bush, so I asked him directly what he wanted.
  • We cannot beat around the bush any longer about this topic, or else we would never get it over with.
  • I don't understand what you're saying when you keep beating around the bush; I need you to tell me exactly what's on your mind.
  • The candidates were beating around the bush, so I knew that something was up and that they couldn't be reliable.

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