I don't want to sound like a busybody, but

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I don't want to sound like a busybody, but

Fig. an expression used to introduce an opinion or suggestion. Bob: I don't want to sound like a busybody, but didn't you intend to have your house painted? Bill: Well, I guess I did. Bob: I don't want to sound like a busybody, but some of your neighbors wonder if you could stop parking your car on your lawn. Sally: I'll thank you to mind your own business!
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Livingston might be dismissed as a publicity seeker and scientific busybody who tried to interfere with the autopsy, but his skepticism about the competency of the autopsy physicians seems reasonable.
Mrs Busybody WE all know a Mrs Busybody I am sure you will agree, She has a remedy for every ailment better than you or me.
I'm a proper busybody - anything from tucking in people's clothes labels to directing a HGV round a tight corner.
I went round to complain but his mother said I was just a busybody with nothing better to do than moan.
And almost one in 10 admitted to having a row with a local busybody.
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Should I risk her thinking I'm a know-nothing busybody by pointing this out to her?
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