to speak of


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Related to to speak of: stop short of, so much for, ahead of schedule, in the wrong, pay a visit

(something) to speak of

to have so little of something that it is not worth talking about There was no snow to speak of this winter. I really don't have any job benefits to speak of.
Usage notes: usually following a noun in a negative statement, as in the examples, but sometimes used alone in conversation: “Do you get a lot of headaches?” “No, not to speak of.”
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to speak of

Worth mentioning; see nothing to speak of; not to mention.
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to speak of

Worthy of mention: There's nothing new to speak of.
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References in classic literature ?
Well, then, though it's not a thing one cares to speak of, I'm a poor man--"
Tell me again," she said, "that you love me, just as you did yesterday, and promise never to speak of all those cruel things again.
It was as though there were something in this which she could not or would not face, as though directly she began to speak of this, she, the real Anna, retreated somehow into herself, and another strange and unaccountable woman came out, whom he did not love, and whom he feared, and who was in opposition to him.
As a pain-filled black woman's body could appear the quintessence of mute powerlessness, we might never expect a suffering black woman to speak of her own experience as a body in pain.