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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