go so far as to

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go as far as to (do something)

To doing something extreme, risky, or controversial. (Often used in the negative.) Although I wouldn't go as far as to call him a coward, he definitely likes to avoid confrontation when he can. They went as far as to threaten us with legal action if we didn't delete the video in question.
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go so far as to

Also, go as far as to. Proceed to the point of doing something. For example, I wouldn't go so far as to call him incompetent, but he does need supervision, or Would she go as far as to sell the house before she's found another?
See also: far

go as/so far as to do something

be willing to go to extreme or surprising limits in dealing with something: She’s a brilliant painter, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say she is the best in the country.I don’t like people smoking but I wouldn’t go so far as to forbid it.
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I wouldn't go as far as to say the show will change society or culture or anything like that.