One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he never beat about the bush when something was annoying him’
prevaricate, vacillate, dodge the issue, evade the issue, be non-committal, hedge, hedge one's bets, quibble, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words, stall, shilly-shally, hesitate
British hum and haw
informal pussyfoot around, waffle, flannel, sit on the fence, duck the question
come to the point
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