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English definition of “beat around the bush”

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beat around the bush

( UK also beat about the bush)
C1 to avoid talking about what is important: Don't beat around the bush - get to the point!
Translations of “beat around the bush”
in Chinese (Traditional) (說話)轉彎抹角,兜圈子…
in Chinese (Simplified) (说话)转弯抹角,兜圈子…
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