beat around the bush Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"beat around the bush" in British English

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beat around the bush

(UK also beat about the bush)C1 to ​avoidtalking 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)

"beat around the bush" in American English

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beat around the bush

to ​talk about ​lots of ​unimportant things because you ​want to ​avoidtalking about what is really ​important: Quit ​beating around the ​bush and say what’s on ​yourmind.
(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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