What does beat around the bush mean?


Idiom Meaning:

delay or avoid talking about something


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Fear (1996)

Time of Scene: n/a

Steve Walker: David, I don’t want to beat around the bush. I came to tell you that you’re gonna stop seeing Nicole. Now, either you’re as smart as you think you are and you’ll just go away or else you’re gonna make things a lot harder on yourself than they have to be.

David McCall: You know, Steve, you’re really not a faggot.

Steve Walker: What?

David McCall: No, I’m serious. You seem like a pretty solid guy. You should lighten up on yourself.

Steve Walker: We’re not talkin’ about me, we’re talkin’.

David McCall: Yes we are. That’s what this whole thing’s about, Steve. Your inadequacies. Your fears.


Backbeat (1994)

Time of Scene: n/a

John Lennon: You can’t do your solo spots any more, Stu.

Stuart Sutcliffe: Why not?

John Lennon: Because it’s shite.

Stuart Sutcliffe: Give it to me straight. Let’s not beat around the bush.


Expiration (2003)

Time of Scene: ~00:00:00

Jeremy: Believe it or not, the first time I tried drugs was 39 days ago. I figured, why beat around the bush, so I came home and dropped acid.

Sam: How was that experience?

Jeremy: I saw God.

Sam: Guess it was pretty good then.



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