beat about the bush
beat around the bush & beat about the bush
Fig. to avoid answering a question; to stall; to waste time. •

Stop beating around the bush and answer my question.

Let's stop beating about the bush and discuss this matter.

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or[beat around the bush] {v. phr.}, {slang} To talk about things without giving a clear answer; avoid the question or the point. * /He would not answer yes or no, but beat about the bush./ * /He beat about the bush for a half hour without coming to the point./ Compare: BESIDE THE POINT. Contrast: COME TO THE POINT.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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