Beat around the bush
To avoid talking about what’s important or giving a clear and definite answer.
Избягвам да говоря за нещо важно.
The big handsome man led the way into a small cubby-hole of a room. He motioned to a chair and sat on the edge of one desk.
“Kid, I never was one to beat around the bush. Somebody called in little while ago, gave me some crazy story about you not wanting the Transformation.”
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The judge made a gesture of irritation. “Come, now, you old scoundrel, don’t beat around the bush any more. What are you up to? What do you want? Speak out like a man, and don’t give me any more of this tiresome rigamarole.”
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Miss Eagen did not beat around the bush. “I’ve been with Captain McHenry for three years. I hope to work with him always. I think he’s the finest in the Service.”
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“It was all I could do,” he said, “and little enough.… It would ill become a sailor to beat around the bush,” he went on. “I come to you for help, my dear lady.
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