belabor the point

belabor the point

To talk about or emphasize something more than is necessary, usually to the listener's boredom or annoyance. A: "I don't mean to belabor the point, but I'm just worried that there won't be enough food at the party." B: "Yeah, we know, you've said that 10 times now." I'm only belaboring the point because we still haven't reached a decision.
See also: point

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.
See also: point

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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All of these brands have exceptionally high recognition value without the need to belabor the point with detailed explanations of the exact nature of the operation.
Latter chapters that have the potential to belabor the point engage the reader afresh by introducing social and phenomenological contexts.
I do not wish to belabor the point, but Greene has written about the world he himself inhabited.
Don't belabor the point, and the public will have no choice but to move on, too.
I don't want to belabor the point, but let's just say the Forestry Department fellows weren't the ones who alerted us to our beetle problem.
But they soon appear to belabor the point with similar titles such as "Blue Sky," "Blue Boat," "Red Boat," and so on.
At the same time he does not belabor the point unduly or burden the reader with excessive academic jargon and hairsplitting.
Not to belabor the point concerning our country's social inequalities or materialism, but the holidays ain't the same to us all.
Absent a signed confession that the composer was unlikely to provide, given both his personality and his complicated relationship with Stravinsky, both well documented in the present volume, it seems impossible to prove a negative--which might be the reason Press tends to belabor the point.
There's no need to belabor the point about the amazingly detailed regulations with which nursing homes must comply--regulations that not only set end points, but lay out, step by step, how to attain them.
While school officials belabor the point that drug testing is not meant to be punitive, schools appear to do a poor job of facilitating referrals to treatment.
I would not be the first in higher education to lament the lack of these kinds of connections however, so I won't belabor the point, but rather, use this introduction to set the stage for a new aspect of RIME.
This is a critical distinction, so if you'll forgive me, I'll belabor the point a bit.
Although Collins has occasionally voiced support for efforts to hold the White House accountable, she'd prefer not to belabor the point.
To claim that it is a timely treatment would simply belabor the point.