dance around the issue

Idiom

Dance around the issue

Definition

To avoid discussing an issue in depth, or to avoid dealing with a problem directly.

Examples

He always seems to be dancing around the issue when I try to talk to him about our relationship.

The speaker was dancing around the issue, rather than giving us a direct answer.

Origin

This phrase has been in use since at least the mid 19th century, with the earliest known usage appearing in the American magazine ‘New York Mirror’ in 1842.

FAQs

What does ‘dance around the issue’ mean?

It means to avoid discussing an issue in depth, or to avoid dealing with a problem directly.

Where does the expression ‘dance around the issue’ come from?

The expression has been in use since at least the mid 19th century, with the earliest known usage appearing in the American magazine ‘New York Mirror’ in 1842.