Beat Around the Bush

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To avoid talking about the main topic or to speak indirectly instead of addressing the issue at hand.


  • “Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you really think.”
  • “She always beats around the bush and never gets to the point.”


The origin of the phrase “beat around the bush” is uncertain, but one theory suggests that it comes from the practice of hunting birds. Hunters would sometimes hire people to beat the bushes to startle the birds so they could be more easily captured. Some hunters were known to “beat around the bush” to avoid flushing out the birds too quickly, which would make them harder to catch. Over time, the phrase came to mean any kind of indirect or evasive behavior.

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