Beat around the bush


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. "


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.


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


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Last modified on December 24, 2003