Beat around the bush

Meaning:

Avoid or delay talking about something unpleasant or embarrassing

If you beat around the bush, you don't say something directly to someone because you are worried about his/her reaction and don't want to upset him/her.

Some people also say " beat about the bush. "


Example:

Don't beat around the bush! Tell me what exactly you want.

Let's not beat around the bush anymore. You'd better do this project over. It's not acceptable to us.


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This picture was electronically drawn by Erika Aoyama on November 27, 2003.


 

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