preach to the choir

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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

preach to the

choir/converted
To argue in favor of a viewpoint already held by one's audience.
See also: preach
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I've taught astronomy in class settings, but I'm usually preaching to the choir.
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Some may say this is preaching to the choir - I wish, choirs sing," he said.
I suspect that to some extent, you are preaching to the choir here.
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