you don't say


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You don't say.

 
1. Inf. a general response to something that someone has said. (Expresses a little polite surprise or interest, but not disbelief.) Bill: I'm starting work on a new job next Monday. Bob: You don't say. Sally: The Jones boys are keeping a pet snake. Alice: You don't say.
2. . Inf. You have just said something that everybody already knows. Bill: I think I'm beginning to put on a little weight. Jane: You don't say. John: My goodness, prices are getting high. Sue: You don't say.
See also: say

you don't say

How surprising, is that true? Also, I find that hard to believe. For example, I've been working on this project for two years.-You don't say, or The man who runs this soup kitchen is a real saint.-You don't say! This expression, a shortening of you don't say so, may be used straightforwardly or ironically. [Late 1800s]
See also: say
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