Today’s idiom: beat around the bush
Meaning: to avoid saying something
Origin: All sources seem to agree that this phrase came from the practice, in bird or boar hunting, of beating the bushes to get the animals to come out. This was a step towards the main event in the hunting process. The first instance of the phrase in writing is found in about 1440 in the poem Generydes – A Romance in Seven-line Stanzas, though it does not include the use of “around,” which is found in 1572 in George Gascoigne’s Works.