お茶を濁す ([おちゃをにごす] )(otya wo nigosu)
Meaning: to avoid giving a direct answer 直接答えないで、曖昧に言えること
Example: 本音を見せず、お茶を濁した。He beat around the bush and avoided showing his true feelings.//もちろん人それぞれだからと慌てて茶を濁し、話題をすり替えた。She hurriedly made up some excuse about there being all types of people and changed the subject.
JLPT Level: 1
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|I think usage is not limited to negative connatation, e.g., "ramble on about".|| |
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