beat around the bush


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beat around the bush

To fail to come to the important point about something; from the idea of a hunted animal hiding in a bush while the hunter is too timorous to follow it in there.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.beat around the bush - be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to
Translations
kerülgeti, mint macska a forró kását
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I'm not going to beat around the bush because I've made it clear that my wish is to return to the Premier League," he told the Derry Journal.
Mr Walsh has been given sufficient time to clarify on the financial irregularity issue in USA and instead he tried to beat around the bush.
She did not beat around the bush when, in response to when her birthday was, she said: "May - and I'd like a Frozen dolly", before inviting him to her birthday party.
Let us not beat around the bush and deal with Toxicistan on our terms.
LET'S not beat around the bush, the results of the Welsh regions so far in Europe have been truly awful.
If I don't like someone, I'll beat around the bush.
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A number of times I was taken into a room at the training ground and told to talk to supporters who would not beat around the bush if things weren't going well.
We suspected that Brits often beat around the bush when making a point, but our results prove this is the case with the average person using almost two million unnecessary words in a lifetime," the Daily Mail quoted the Bakery's UK Vice President Simon Foster, as saying.
And when he retired from Test cricket, he didn't beat around the bush for a reason - "I can't see the ball," he said.
The 30-year-old star did not beat around the bush when asked by Playboy magazine if he enjoyed weed.
Sometimes they beat around the bush so much, to a point where I'd rather read two lines on Twitter and I understand the whole article," she said.