1. [ verb ] fail to address a topic directly
Synonyms: equivocate prevaricate tergiversate beat_around_the_bush

"Don't beat around the bush--ask your boss for a raise right away"

Related terms: hesitate misinform liar fibbing equivocation equivocator lying equivocation
2. [ verb ] be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Synonyms: tergiversate prevaricate equivocate
Related terms: misinform
Similar spelling:   paltering