It means to speak indirectly, to delay the main point.
It can be a great idiom to use when you are describing yourself or others who have been reluctant to get to the main point or be specific about something.
To help you, below are some examples of using this idiom.
“I don’t beat around the bush if something annoys me, I will tell you.”
“He beat around the bush forever until he finally said he wanted to break up with her.”
Here is a video conversation with my friend and actor Denise Jones. She talks about how people from Newfoundland never beat around the bush if something is on their mind! But first, we start with “gonna”…