Idiom of the Week – Week 19

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to beat around/about the bush”: to avoid saying something directly or avoid getting to the point; to say something in an indirect way in order to waste time; um den heißen Brei herumreden

Example 1:  Let’s stop beating around the bush and get to the point: we underestimated how much time we’d need for the project.

Example 2:  You can tell me what you really think — there’s no need to beat around the bush.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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