beat around the bush


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Synonyms for beat around the bush

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

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No need to beat around the bush here: this is one of the finer overall combinations of performance and sound this warhorse has ever received, rivaled for audiophile honors chiefly by Serebrier's account on Reference Recordings.
Smith Goes to Washington," page 48.) Smith doesn't beat around the bush either-especially when it comes to one of D.C.'s perennial topics, incumbency protection, better known by the euphemism "campaign finance reform." Lynch also reports on a bizarre legal case in which the National Labor Relations Board is arguing that union organizing requires the use of language in the workplace that would, well, make a longshoreman blush.
So if you are interested and you a male, or a woman who buys for her man, then let's not beat around the bush. Here is a non-flowery, this is what to look for guide to menswear for summer 98.
Job listens: the Lord God beats around the bush, for the Lord God wishes to beat around the bush. Job therefore hastily prostrates himself before the Lord.
She doesn't beat around the bush with students, parents, or anyone else.
I won't beat around the bush. I liked these small, intelligent, provocative books.
Sayings such as, "Don't beat around the bush," "Get to the point," "Put your cards on the table," and "Tell it like it is" all are idioms that reinforce the same message.
Calzado did not beat around the bush with her message, as she expressed her excitement over spending 'forever' with him.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has asked his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Razak to not 'beat around the bush' in his latest response to the two men's bickering over government funds alleged missing from federal accounts.
I don't beat around the bush: I'm going on to win the show, not to make friends!
James Hewitt, who had an affair with the late princess in the late 80s, was asked about the two having a child together during an appearance on Australia's "(http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/james-hewitt-says-he-is-not-prince-harrys-dad-in-sunday-night-exclusive/news-story/719ce379eb9aeb0a4e41079e29cd083d) Sunday Night ." Rather than back down from the question or beat around the bush, he seized the opportunity to put false stories to bed.
"Mr Walsh has been given sufficient time to clarify on the financial irregularity issue in USA and instead he tried to beat around the bush. Hockey India now does not require services of Mr Terry Walsh and will look for a new chief coach with prior approval of SAI," he wrote.Batra also accused Walsh of showing 'no concern' for the team after he refused to stay back for the Champions Trophy despite the federation's request.
Mar 21-Apr20 ARIES LIKE all those born under Aries, you don't beat around the bush. Neither are you backward at coming forward.
"Let's not beat around the bush - we are in a relegation dogfight and it won't be easy."
Let's not beat around the bush here - Ireland is currently seen internationally as a broken country with a hapless government at its helm.