- beat around the bush
- Synonyms and related words:about the bush, around the bush, beat about, beat around, beg the question, bicker, boggle, cavil, choplogic, circumlocute, dodge, duck, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, go round about, hedge, hem and haw, mystify, nitpick, obscure, palter, parry, periphrase, pick nits, prevaricate, pull away, pull back, pussyfoot, put off, quibble, recoil, sheer off, shift, shift off, shrink, shuffle, shy, shy away, shy off, sidestep, split hairs, step aside, swerve, tergiversate, ward off
Moby Thesaurus. Grady Ward. 1996.