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See definition of beat around bush on Dictionary.com
  • as inevade
  • as inramble

synonyms for beat around bush

  • avoid
  • bypass
  • circumvent
  • conceal
  • deceive
  • dodge
  • elude
  • escape
  • fend off
  • flee
  • get around
  • hide
  • sidestep
  • baffle
  • balk
  • cavil
  • confuse
  • decline
  • double
  • duck
  • equivocate
  • eschew
  • fence
  • fly
  • fudge
  • hedge
  • lie
  • parry
  • pretend
  • prevaricate
  • pussyfoot
  • shift
  • shirk
  • shuck
  • shuffle
  • shun
  • shy
  • tergiversate
  • trick
  • waffle
  • beg the question
  • cop out
  • give the runaround
  • keep distance
  • lay low
  • lead on a merry chase
  • pass up
  • put off
  • slip out
  • sneak away
  • steer clear of
  • weasel

antonyms for beat around bush

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  • confront
  • disclose
  • divulge
  • encounter
  • expose
  • face
  • lay bare
  • let out
  • meet
  • open
  • reveal
  • show
  • stay
  • tell
  • uncover
  • accept
  • aid
  • clear up
  • enlighten
  • explain
  • help
  • order
  • organize
  • release
  • remain
  • tell the truth
  • take on
  • stay
  • abridge
  • compress
  • condense
  • curtail
  • decrease
  • lessen
  • reduce
  • shorten
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How to use beat around bush in a sentence

Descending the Alps to the east or south into Piedmont, a new world lies around and before you.
GLANCES AT EUROPEHORACE GREELEY
Davy looked around and saw an old man coming toward them across the lawn.
DAVY AND THE GOBLINCHARLES E. CARRYL
This, however, did not apply to the waters lying directly around the Poloe and Flatland groups.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
At present, Louis was too self-absorbed by the struggles within him, to look deep into what was passing around him.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
While they were doing this, he assembled the officers around him, and the meaning of our night march was explained to us.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
The grass had a delightful fragrance, like new-mown hay, and was neatly wound around the tunnel, like the inside of a bird's-nest.
DAVY AND THE GOBLINCHARLES E. CARRYL
They cultivated a few plants around their wigwams, and cured a few pounds for their own use.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
Now and then the boy who had bought Squinty, and who was taking him home, would look around at his pet in the slatted box.
SQUINTY THE COMICAL PIGRICHARD BARNUM
Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
Then, with one accord, they all rose and began to steer their way around the furniture toward the hall, Goliath following.
THE BOARDED-UP HOUSEAUGUSTA HUIELL SEAMAN
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