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Verb: beat around the bush
Usage: informal
  1. Be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
    - equivocate, tergiversate, prevaricate, palter, beat about the bush [informal], weasel [informal]

Derived forms: beat around the bush, beating around the bush, beats around the bush

Type of: disinform, misinform, mislead

Encyclopedia: Beat around the bush