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air (one's) opinion

To make one's argument, beliefs, or ideas on a given topic known, as in a discussion or debate. If you'll just allow me to air my opinion, you might understand where I stand on the matter.
See also: air, opinion

contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. Contrary to popular opinion, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.

a horseback opinion

An opinion that is not well thought out (with the implication that one has not even taken the time to get off one's horse to give the issue more careful consideration). Now that I've learned more about the cheating scandal and had time to think about it all, I wish I could take back my initial horseback opinions.
See also: horseback, opinion

matter of opinion

A topic that is subject to one's preferences. I know it's a matter of opinion, but I think that living in the city is more enjoyable than living in the suburbs.
See also: matter, of, opinion

as I see it

From my perspective. As I see it, we need to move by the end of the month, or else we'll lose money. I know you don't like Doug, but as I see it, he's a real asset to the team.
See also: see

base (one's) opinion on

To found or root one's view of something or someone on a particular idea or occurrence. Unfortunately, I think she based her opinion of me entirely on one wild night out together. I'm basing my opinion on the facts, and nothing else.
See also: base, on, opinion

be a matter of opinion

To be a topic that is subject to one's preferences, as opposed to a verifiable fact. I know it's a matter of opinion, but I think that living in the city is more enjoyable than living in the suburbs.
See also: matter, of, opinion

a difference of opinion

A dispute or disagreement. It seems that we have a difference of opinion about how to interpret the text.
See also: difference, of, opinion

as I see it

 and in my opinion; in my view
Fig. the way I think about it. Tom: This matter is not as bad as some would make it out to be. Alice: Yes. This whole affair has been overblown, as I see it. Bob: You're as wrong as can be. John: In my view, you are wrong.
See also: see

base one's opinion on something

to make a judgment or form an opinion from something. You must not base your opinion on one bad experience. I base my opinion on many years of studying the problem.
See also: base, on, opinion

form an opinion

to think up or decide on an opinion. (Note the variations in the examples.) I don't know enough about the issue to form an opinion. Don't tell me how to think! I can form my own opinion. I don't form opinions without careful consideration.
See also: form, opinion

hazard an opinion

Fig. to give an opinion. Anne asked the attorney to hazard an opinion about the strength of her lawsuit. Don't feel like you have to hazard an opinion on something you know nothing about.
See also: hazard, opinion

I'll thank you to keep your opinions to yourself.

Fig. I do not care about your opinion of this matter. Jane: This place is sort of drab. John: I'll thank you to keep your opinions to yourself. Bill: Your whole family is sort of loud. John: I'll thank you to keep your opinions to yourself.
See also: keep, opinion, thank

in my humble opinion

Cliché a phrase introducing the speaker's opinion. "In my humble opinion," began Fred, arrogantly, "I have achieved what no one else ever could." Bob: What are we going to do about the poor condition of the house next door? Bill: In my humble opinion, we will mind our own business.
See also: humble, opinion

in one's opinion

according to one's belief or judgment. In my opinion, that is a very ugly picture. That isn't a good idea in my opinion.
See also: opinion

keep one's opinions to (oneself)

to stop mentioning one's own opinions, especially when they disagree with someone else's. You ought to keep your opinions to yourself rather than upset our guests. Please keep your rude opinions to yourself!
See also: keep, opinion

Keep your opinions to yourself!

Fig. I do not want to hear your opinions! Jane: I think this room looks drab. Sue: Keep your opinions to yourself! I like it this way! Sally: You really ought to do something about your hair. It looks like it was in a hurricane. John: Keep your opinions to yourself. This is the latest style where I come from.
See also: keep, opinion

matter of opinion

the question of how good or bad someone or something is. It's a matter of opinion how strong the company is. John thinks it's great and Fred thinks it's poor.
See also: matter, of, opinion

form an opinion

Make up one's mind or decide what one thinks about something. For example, I need more facts before I can form an opinion about this issue, or Don't tell me your views; I want to form my own opinion.
See also: form, opinion

matter of opinion, a

A question on which people hold different views, as in I rather like that design, but really, it's a matter of opinion, or The quality of that new stock issue is a matter of opinion. This expression was first recorded in 1843.
See also: matter, of

your conˌsidered oˈpinion

your opinion that is the result of careful thought: In my considered opinion, ‘Trainspotting’ is one of the best British movies ever made.
See also: considered, opinion

contrary to popular beˈlief/oˈpinion

although it is not what most people consider to be true: Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk.

be a matter of oˈpinion

be something which people disagree about: ‘She’s a great singer.’ ‘That’s a matter of opinion’ (= I do not agree).
See also: matter, of, opinion

be of the opinion that...

(formal) think or believe that...: I’m firmly of the opinion that smoking should be banned in all public places.
See also: of, opinion

have a good, bad, high, low, etc. oˈpinion of somebody/something

think that somebody/something is good, bad, etc: The boss has a very high opinion of her.
References in classic literature ?
But as soon as I had finished the entire course of study, at the close of which it is customary to be admitted into the order of the learned, I completely changed my opinion.
It is shifted from one to another with so much dexterity, and under such plausible appearances, that the public opinion is left in suspense about the real author.
If they had eighty-two wrong opinions," observed Charley, "I don't see how they could have any right ones.
As to the question whether stakes and winnings are, in themselves, immoral is another question altogether, and I wish to express no opinion upon it.
Therefore the end of instruction should be happiness; and happiness is another name for pleasure;-therefore the end of instruction should be pleasure: yet we see the above-mentioned opinion implies precisely the reverse.
In my opinion perpetual peace is possible but- I do not know how to express it.
For virtue may be under the guidance of right opinion as well as of knowledge; and right opinion is for practical purposes as good as knowledge, but is incapable of being taught, and is also liable, like the images of Daedalus, to 'walk off,' because not bound by the tie of the cause.
The readiest means of obtaining Sir Patrick's opinion was, in this case, to answer, Yes.
Herschel attributed their brilliancy to currents of lava congealed by the cold; an opinion, however, which has not been generally adopted.
He said, he doubted not but that all the infidels and hereticks in the world would, if they could, confine honour to their own absurd errors and damnable deceptions; "but honour," says he, "is not therefore manifold, because there are many absurd opinions about it; nor is religion manifold, because there are various sects and heresies in the world.
If you don't think anything of my opinion in one case, I suppose you wouldn't in another," said the lady, shutting the daguerreotype.
My own opinion of the matter is, briefly, as follows: I don't think she has met with any serious accident.
Wemmick tightened his post-office and shook his head, as if his opinion were dead against any fatal weakness of that sort.
He likewise directed, "that every senator in the great council of a nation, after he had delivered his opinion, and argued in the defence of it, should be obliged to give his vote directly contrary; because if that were done, the result would infallibly terminate in the good of the public.
IT IS not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the Americans, intelligent and wellinformed) seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests.