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beat around the bush
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Definition: speak indirectly or evasively; not directly address the problem

Explanation: Used when someone doesn’t say what he or she means

Examples: Stop beating around the bush and give us your final decision. - I wish Jack would stop beating around the bush and tell me what he really thinks.

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