wordy wednesday: beat around the bush

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.

Sources: phrasesyahoo voicesknow your phrase.


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