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beat around the bush

beat around the bush

Date: Nov 14 2019

Themes: Celebrity, Pop Culture, Romance


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I’d rather have honest relationships, because life is too short to beat around the bush. Honesty shows that you really care about someone.”

Actress Hilary Swank, talking about the importance of honesty. (SearchQuotes)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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talk about something important without saying it directly

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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When you have something important to say, what do you normally do? Do you say it right away? Or do you wait until it is too late? Even though we know some things are important, many of us often beat around the bush.

To beat around the bush means to talk about something without actually saying what needs to be said. For example, if Jane wants to break up with her boyfriend, but only tells him she is a little unhappy, she is beating around the bush. It would be better if she was honest and just broke up with him. Or, if your friend has a delicious-looking sandwich, don’t beat around the bush. Just ask for a bite!

Actress Hilary Swank thinks that it is important to be honest and not beat around the bush. She thinks that honesty shows you really care about someone. It’s always better to just tell the truth.

Do you normally beat around the bush? What do you do?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Stop beating around the bush and tell me what happened.”

“Jack never beats around the bush. If something is on his mind, he says it immediately.”

“Don’t beat around the bush. Tell me what you really think. Do you like my shirt or not?”

“It’s very important that you don’t beat around the bush. Tell us everything you know.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Lia_Lia15 I think it refers to those situations when somebody avoids straight and simple answers; it´s a mix of lies, omissions, hidden truths.
by Lia_Lia15
aijaciba To avoid talking about important things.
by aijaciba
Not to be honest.To go around one point without being direct in answering.
by La Princesse de la vie

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I hate people beating around the bush,it is just a way to waste time.



Syrian Arab Republic

I don’t like people who beat around the bush

12:33 AM Apr 09 2015 |

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