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To talk about something without mentioning it directly or avoid getting to the core of the subject--to try to bring up a subject in a roundabout way. Often motivated from a desire not to speak frankly about the subject, either because the subject is taboo, it's impolite to bring it up directly, or the conversation is perceived likely to be painful.
Well, Joe, I heard you were thinking about selling your car...

instead of

So, Joe, how much did you want for that Explorer of yours?

Also,

Susy, what are your plans for the future?

instead of

Susy, will you marry me?
by Chris Capel April 12, 2004
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Not telling it like it is, not telling the truth directly.
Person #1: So, are you really a musician?

Person #2: Well, you see, I've written some songs and uh, a friend of a friend knows this guy who'll can get a record deal and....

Person #1: Come on, stop beating around the bush...
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When you have such copious amounts of pubic hair, that you have to reach around your bush to pull your monkey, causing an inconvenient delay.
Big Easy: Yo bro, my wife won’t let me smash so I’ve had to tug on my rope lately. It’s also no shave November, so I’ve had to beat around the bush.

Tyrant: When you say beating around the bush, you mean like delaying the shaving of your man shrubs?

Big Easy: No I literally have to beat around my bush. I got more hair down there than Rapunzel.

Tyrant: Sounds like a hairy situation.
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1. To talk about something without mentioning it directly or avoid getting to the core of the subject--to try to bring up a subject in a roundabout way. Often motivated from a desire not to speak frankly about the subject, either because the subject is taboo, it's impolite to bring it up directly, or the conversation is perceived likely to be painful.
Well, Joe, I heard you were thinking about selling your car...

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2. To either jerk off with your dick a few inches from a vagina OR
when you're about to cum, pull it out of the vag and jerk it to finish off and cum on her pubes.
Well, Joe, I heard you were thinking about selling your car...
instead of
So, Joe, how much did you want for that Explorer of yours?
Also,
Susy, what are your plans for the future?
instead of
Susy, will you marry me? -- "Chris Capel"

"Theoretically I don't wanna beat around the bush" Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo - Bloodhound Gang
by redboy August 27, 2006
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