beat around the bush

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beat around the bush be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
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Usage

In literature:

And then the bishop, after beating around the bush some more, comes out with his idea.
"Danny's Own Story" by Don Marquis
So it's just one way of beating the devil around the bush.
"The Riverman" by Stewart Edward White
No beating around the bush.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There is no beating around the bush.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
I don't like beating around the bush.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
So I won't beat around the bush, but come straight to the point.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
None too good is the fellow, either, or he wouldn't have to beat around the bush.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
What did Robert mean by beating around the bush?
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
In applying for a position, do not beat around the bush, or say you "wish to apply" or "would apply".
"The Century Handbook of Writing" by Garland Greever
He was dreadfully scared and after a good deal of beating around the bush, told Tom that he wanted to get something off his mind.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
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In news:

Retired dentist Dr Charles Eugster, 93, doesn't beat around the bush as to why he decided to take up bodybuilding at the ripe old age of 87.
Let's not beat around the bead-covered bush any longer.
There's no use beating around the bush here — this was a pretty dull weekend at the box office.
There's no use beating around the bush here — this was a pretty dull weekend at the box office .
For some people it's nearly impossible to say what they really think or feel which leads to the development of a hidden language comprised of body language, actions and beating around the bush.
Let's not beat around the bush: Rep Dean Heller is running for the US Senate.
No beating around the bush with the latter.
Let's not beat around the bush.
Why beat around the bush.
No need to beat around the bush, said Deirdre Larkin, the horticulturist who tends the four beloved quinces at the Cloisters Museum and Gardens, along the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park.
The 49-year-old Rothschild sees no reason to beat around the bush: He wants the Iraq war ended and both Bush and Cheney impeached.
As City Artist in Residence Marcus Young doesn't beat around the bush when asked what he wants from the third annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest in St Paul.
Look, let's not beat around the bush.
Let's not piss away any space beating around the bush.
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