What does beat about the bush mean?

What is the definition of beat about the bush?

"beat about the bush" means:

(verb) to discuss a topic without being specific about anything

Example Sentences:

Our boss always beats about the bush when he has to tell us bad news.

Daughter: Mom, can I go camping with Susan’s family?
Mom: I’m not sure…..
Daughter: I really want to go.
Mom: Well…..
Daughter: All of my friends are going! I want to go too!
Mom: Um…..
Daughter: Stop beating about the bush and just tell me if I can go or not!
Mom: Uh….

From the News:

Beating around the Bush


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