Meaning of “beat around the bush” in the 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 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)

"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 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)

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