Beat around the bush

Explanation: What is an idiom?

Procrastinate, or not come to the point of what you are trying to say.


"Er George."


"I was wondering if I could ask you for a favour."

"Of course you can. Anything."

"Well, you see, it's just that, well, I'm here and you're here, and you know we're best friends and, well, it's just that, you know, it's kind of embarrassing, but - "

"Oh, for God's sake, will you stop beating around the bush. What do you want?"

"Well, a pint would be nice."

"Oh, is it my round?"


"Oh, sorry,. I thought it was yours! Same again please Jackie."


This phrase originates from the days of hunting, where huntsmen beat around bushes that might contain a dangerous animal. They wanted to get the poor animal to run away from them, so that their dogs could chase it, but didn't want it to bite them.

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