1. avoid addressing a subject or point directly
stop beating around the bush and get to the point!
This expression means to spend a long time getting to your main point, or to avoid directly talking about something, especially if the subject is awkward or unpleasant. It is usually used in a negative sense, either to express frustration at somebody or, in the case of 'I won't/don't want to beat around the bush,' to preface the delivery of bad news. It is commonly used in both a social and professional context and shares a similar meaning to the phrases 'go around the houses', 'waffle on', and 'pussyfoot around.'