Beat Around the Bush

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To 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.


  • It is a very old idiom, which originated in the 15th century. This term has originated from the practice of hunting in old times. People used to hire some people known as, beater and took them to hunting trips. Beaters used to take out certain animals from their hidings by scaring them. By this action hunters could have a better aim at their prey. Sometimes the prey would leave the bush too soon so; the beaters started using sticks to scare animals.

Would you stop beating around the bush and give details about today’s incident?

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Beat Around the Bush':

beat around the bushTo delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
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.
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