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go off at/on a tangent

to suddenly start talking about a different subjectDigressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
Translations of “go off at/on a tangent”
in Russian отклоняться от темы…
in Turkish konuyu değiştirmek…
in Polish zbaczać z tematu…
(Definition of go off at/on a tangent from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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