Do I have to spell it out?(redirected from Do I need to paint you a picture?)
Do I have to spell it out?
Do I have to explain it in very simple terms? An annoyed response to someone who does not understand what the speaker is alluding to, especially when the speaker believes it to be obvious. A: "What are you so worried about?" B: "The boss wants to see me in his office! Do I have to spell it out?"
Do I have to spell it out (for you)?and Do I have to paint (you) a picture?; Do I need to paint you a picture?
Fig. What do I have to do to make this clear enough for you to understand? (Shows impatience.) Mary: I don't think I understand what you're trying to tell me, Fred. Fred: Do I have to spell it out for you? Mary: I guess so. Fred: We're through, Mary. Sally: Would you please go over the part about the square root again? Mary: Do I have to paint you a picture? Pay attention!