Yes. If he's talking "around" the subject by not directly answering your questions or by changing the subject, he is "beating around the bush".So if I was askign somebody to tell me the truth and he was trying to change the topic, could I tell him : 'Stop beating around the bush! Tell me the truth.' ?
In my humble opinion, yes, you could.So if I was askign somebody to tell me the truth and he was trying to change the topic, could I tell him : 'Stop beating around the bush! Tell me the truth.' ?
A: "Did you go into my room and take money out of my wallet?"I wouldn't say that beating around the bush was direct avoidance of a topic (e.g. changing the subject) but rather that it is approaching the topic indirectly in order to delay getting to the point, for example by discussing matters tangential to the main point, but not by talking about something altogether different.
Please tell us how you can support this suggestion.All of the above is correct in my opinion.
However, I thought I would just share the etymology of the idiom as I understand it.
Apparently this is an idiom which originated in medieval times and its original meaning was "do not masturbate in the presence of women"
That is what I learned. It might be wrong. But I thought you might be interested.