beat around the bush

beat around the bush

  1. (idiomatic) To treat a topic, but omit its main points, often intentionally.
  2. (idiomatic) To delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
    Just stop beating around the bush and tell me what the problem is!
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • French: tourner autour du pot
  • German: um den heißen Brei herumreden
  • Italian: menare il can per l'aia, girarci intorno, tergiversare, fare giri di parole, andare per le spicce
  • Portuguese: fazer rodeios, usar de rodeios
  • Russian: ходи́ть вокру́г да о́коло
  • Spanish: andarse con rodeos, andar con ambages

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