preach to the choir

preach to the choir

To try to convince someone about something that they already support; to state one's opinion to those who are already most receptive to it. You're preaching to the choir here—we all have kids and understand how busy life can get. Honestly, you're preaching to the choir, but I just don't have any money to donate.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the choir

 and preach to the converted
Fig. to make one's case primarily to one's supporters; to make one's case only to those people who are present or who are already friendly to the issues. There is no need to convince us of the value of hard work. We already know that. You are just preaching to the choir. Don't waste your time telling us about the problem. That's preaching to the choir. Bob found himself preaching to the converted when he was telling Jane the advantages of living in the suburbs. She already hates city life.
See also: choir, preach
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He can expect to be hit with a warm wave of applause in the conference hall today - but he must do more than preach to the choir.
He doesn't always preach to the choir either - disseminating what he calls "left wing bull***" with equal aplomb.
According to Politico, she said that 'they can't just preach to the choir,' adding that "the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience.
Though the book is packaged to preach to the choir, its style is journalistic and based on extensive investigative research.
You and I can preach to the choir ad nauseum with few results.
And when I arrived the morning after the endorsement to find my voicemail box registering "full," I comforted myself with how boring it must be to, as the saying goes, preach to the choir.
At a recent TCG gathering, Susan Booth of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre asked, "Even while we know how to preach to the choir, how do we talk to the tone deaf?
Or maybe you want a visually enticing way to preach to the choir, or to get fresh inspiration for your own projects.
I think it would have been great for each group to hear from and talk to each other, rather than simply have each group preach to the choir about the other group.
Any number of workshops and general sessions "preached to the choir," inveighing them, in turn, to also preach to the choir back home.
We didn't want to preach to the choir, and we didn't want to do another soft coming-out after-school special.
His mission is to provide a liberal critique of America (apparently in response to America's recent conservative trend) and to preach to the choir of other liberal academics.
So many of us have this as our goal that it seems ludicrous to preach to the choir, but I feel that the suffocation that I mentioned before may be taking its toll on all of us overdone, over-dealt women.
Photo: Singer Amy Grant need not preach to the choir, says a reader.