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  1. Unregistered
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    derivation

    what is the derivation of 'Beat around the bush'

  2. Natalie27
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    Re: derivation

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    what is the derivation of 'Beat around the bush'
    Here is something I found on the Internet. Hope it answers your question (it's a copy and paste):

    "The real meaning of beat around the bush is not so much to evade an issue
    entirely, but to approach it cautiously and indirectly. The expression
    dates back many centuries and comes from the language of the huntsmen. It
    was once the custom to hire beaters to beat bushes and arouse game birds for
    the hunter to shoot at. So the beater stirred up the action , but the hunter
    got to the point".

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