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belabor the point

to spend too much time on one item of discussion. I don't want to belabor the point, but the sooner we get this matter settled, the better. If the speaker would agree not to belabor the point further, I will place it on the agenda for resolution at the next meeting.
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belabor the point

Repeat an argument or other issue over and over, harp on something, as in We've discussed her decision-let's not belabor the point. This term dates from the mid-1900s and derives from belabor in the sense of "assail with words," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
See also: point
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It is not the intention here to belabor the reader with Colorado River woes.
And not to belabor the metaphor, but the harsher the winds of competition blow in this increasingly global, terrifyingly technological world, the more you might want the protection the real estate hat affords.
Instead of there being a measurable uplifting, there has been a dramatic downgrading to achieve social equality, and the modern politicians who so lovingly belabor themselves to root out a practice have simply overreached themselves.
I am of the belief that you can just take musicians in the studio and let them do what they want to, and if you don't belabor the point, they are generally going to do something good the first or second time through," Chilton remarks.
Chairman, I want to belabor this point, because TEI believes it is important to keep focused on the big picture and to avoid generalizations and misrepresentations.
Though Riordan doesn't belabor the point, her examples frequently show how cosmetic products allowed Women to score 'higher at the beauty game, but not to change it.
There's no need here to belabor the "negatives," which have been rehearsed in these pages many times.
Patrick orders his obeisant secretary, Chloe Sevigny), but to add that it speaks with forked tongue to Clinton-generated, bull-market amorality would belabor the obvious.
Rather than belabor the point, Hassan merely offers some examples that make the distinction clear: Gide is modern, Genet postmodern; O'Neill is modern, Sam Shepard postmodern.
Mackey calls upon us, for example, to resist "shallow, simplistic readings" of black literature "that belabor the most obvious aspects of the writer's work and situation, readings that go something like this: 'So-and-so is a black writer.
I didn't feel I had to revisit or belabor the idea of mechanical reproduction.
There's no need to belabor the point in this space that the nursing home field, 2000, is in as bad of a condition as it's ever been, and getting worse.
The book sometimes tends to belabor the obvious (for the poor, "furniture and .
They offer intelligent commentary but then often belabor that commentary with abstract ruminations.
It would perhaps belabor the point to spell out how both grant, who has returned from California to teach, and his charge Jefferson, a repressed and unthinking member of a post-slave society, achieve a level of self-awareness which allows them to achieve redemption into life.