To Beat Around The Bush

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Google images, "To beat around the bush."

Google images, “To beat around the bush.”

Meaning:

You beat around the bush when you avoid answering questions that people ask you or when you go around an issue that you do not want to talk about. A contrary expression is “To go to the point”.

Google images, "To beat around the bush."

Google images, “To beat around the bush.”

Origin:

In the 1500’s, hunters hired people to beat around the bushes. These people were called beaters. The purpose of beating around the bush was that animals that were hiding inside could go out so that the hunters could shoot at them in the open. The beaters didn’t beat directly on the bush because they found it more effective if they beat around.

Google images, "To beat around the bush."

Google images, “To beat around the bush.”

Example:

• The father of my girlfriend was not sure if she and I were having a relationship. He is a big intimidating man. So, when he asked me about it, I started stuttering and sweating cold. I didn’t know what to say. So, he shouted loud at me, “Don’t beat around the bush and answer my question, now!”
Google images, "To beat around the bush."

Google images, “To beat around the bush.”

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