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beat around the bush

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The world's literature and folklore are full of stories that point out how futile it can be to seek happiness. Rather, happiness is a blessing that comes to you as you go along; a treasure that you incidentally find.
Louis Binstock
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to beat around the bush

  1. (idiomatic) To treat a topic but omit its main points, often intentionally.
  2. (idiomatic) To delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
    Please stop beating around the bush and tell me what the problem is!

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