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evasive responses, implausible explanations, extrapolations instead of explanations.

You've spent ten minutes taking me down ten different roads to the probable facts in the matter.

Additional definitions for 'beat around the bush':

beat around the bushTo delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
beat around the bushTo treat a topic but omit its main points, often intentionally.
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