To delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
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Please stop beating around the bush and tell me what the problem is!.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'beat around the bush':

beat around the bushTo treat a topic but omit its main points, often intentionally.
beat around the bushevasive responses, implausible explanations, extrapolations instead of explanations.
Beat Around the BushTo avoid getting to some point or answering any question that is relevant, the approach of some people, which is quite far from the real objective or center of focus.
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