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skirt

2 verb
     
skirt2 also skirt around/round [transitive]
1 to go around the outside edge of a place or area:
The old footpath skirts around the village.
2 to avoid talking about an important subject, especially because it is difficult or embarrassing - used to show disapproval:
a disappointing speech that skirted around all the main issues

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