Definition of beat the bushes in English:

beat the bushes

phrase

North American
informal
  • Search thoroughly.

    ‘I was out beating the bushes for investors to split the risk’
    • ‘When I first started in this role I was concerned that I might have to beat the bushes for authors willing to write articles.’
    • ‘He is beating the bushes for at least $100 million more.’
    • ‘Colorado needs to stop drafting high-school football players who might one day become good baseball players and instead beat the bushes for players who already have high on-base and slugging percentages.’
    • ‘Those were halcyon days for brokerages, which ramped up employment and beat the bushes for technology analysts who could help justify outrageous stock valuations.’
    • ‘He has been beating the bushes to find help.’
    • ‘The choice is whether to focus on one dream candidate or to beat the bushes and conduct a thorough search.’
    • ‘Rather than desperately beating the bushes for MBAs, by the 1990s, US firms were swamped with them.’
    • ‘He will no doubt be beating the bushes for players that can take some of the pressure off of Milbrett next season.’
    • ‘As the economy has unraveled over the past three years, managers desperate to prop up profits have been beating the bushes for new ways to cut costs.’
    • ‘As the tightest presidential election in Mexican history hits the homestretch for July 2, the front-runners are beating the bushes for every vote they can get.’