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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!
(Definition of beat around the bush from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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beat around the bush

to talk about lots of unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important: Quit beating around the bush and say what’s on your mind.
(Definition of beat around the bush from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “beat around the bush”
in Chinese (Simplified) (说话)转弯抹角,兜圈子…
in Chinese (Traditional) (說話)轉彎抹角,兜圈子…
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