Talk Like a Native
Episode 12: Beat around the bush
Kevin: Christine, I wanted to talk to you about something.
Christine: Sure, what’s up?
Kevin: Well, I’ve been thinking...
Kevin: A lot of things have been on my mind lately.
Christine: Okay… please keep going.
Kevin: I’m not sure how to say this but…
Christine: Oh my god Kevin. Just spit it out* already. Stop beating around the bush.
Kevin: I think our podcast is awesome. I’ve been wondering who has been listening to us.
Christine: Seriously? That’s all you wanted to say?
Kevin: Well yeah, what did you think I was going to say?
Christine: I don’t know. I was worried that you were going to tell me you had some sort of terminal illness or something.
Kevin: Yeah, I’m sorry for beating around the bush. I just didn’t know how to put all of my feelings into words.
Christine: Next time, please just tell me what’s wrong.
Kevin: Oh I just realized we haven’t explained what the expression means yet.
Christine: Beating around the bush means avoiding the main topic or not speaking directly about the issue.
Kevin: Beating around the bush is one of those expressions that you can really visually understand. Imagine someone beating everything around the bush except the bush itself. Let’s hear some more examples:
- I was trying to beat around the bush because I didn’t know how to tell my boyfriend I wanted to break up.
- My boss kept beating around the bush before he could bring himself to tell me that I was being laid off.
- Quit beating around the bush and tell me what you’re thinking about.
- I can always tell when my brother is about to ask me for a favor when he starts beating around the bush.
Christine: Well, I’m glad to hear that you think this podcast is awesome. Hopefully our listeners think so too!
Kevin: Thanks for listening!