Beat around the bush

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers,” let’s take a look at this expression: “Beat around the bush.”

What does “Beat around the bush” mean?

“Beat around the bush” means:

  • To avoid the point
  • To talk about unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important

Examples:

  • Why are you beating around the bush instead of telling me what actually led to you getting fired yesterday, Azim?
  • Please stop beating around the bush and tell me honestly what you think of this event venue.

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References:

https://www.britannica.com/list/7-everyday-english-idioms-and-where-they-come-from

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/beat-around-the-bush

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