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go without saying

To be unambiguous, perfectly clear, or self-evident; to be already acknowledged, established, or accepted. This should go without saying, but you will receive an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on the exam.
See also: saying, without

say goodbye to (something)

To lose or end something, especially suddenly; to be forced to accept such a loss or end. You were caught drinking on school property? Well, you can say goodbye to your brand new car, mister! After the final horse lost its race, I said goodbye to all the money I'd won that day at the track. You do realize that you'll be saying goodbye to all the benefits the company has to offer if you decide to work as a freelancer?
See also: goodbye, say

says it all

A phrase used to emphasize a particular detail, usually because it is evidence of a bigger issue. When I asked my mom if she was mad at me, her silence said it all. Oh, he's still petrified of dogs—the look of terror on his face says it all!
See also: all, say

as I was saying

Said when one wants to return to one's previous topic of discussion. As I was saying before the waiter came over, I'm going to Europe next month! Thank you Alice. Now as I was saying, you'll need to call payroll to get those figures.
See also: saying

it goes without saying

It is unambiguous, perfectly clear, or self-evident that; to be already widely acknowledged, established, or accepted that. I know it goes without saying, but the staff restrooms are not to be used by students or visitors. It should go without saying, but you will receive an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on the exam.
See also: goes, saying, without

say a lot about (something)

To be very indicative of something. Anyone can be a gracious winner, but the way you handle yourself when you lose says a lot about your character.
See also: lot, say

say boo

To say nothing at all. No one said boo when I asked for dinner suggestions, so I don't want to hear any complaints about what I made.
See also: boo, say

say the word

To ask for help or for a favor. The phrase typically indicates one's willingness to help someone else on command. Just say the word and I'll be there, any time you need me.
See also: say, word

as I was saying

 and like I was saying
to repeat what I've been saying; to continue with what I was saying. (The first form is appropriate in any conversation. The second form is colloquial, informal, and familiar. In addition, this use of like for as, in the second form, is objected to by many people.) Bill: Now, Mary, this is one of the round ones that attaches to the wire here. Bob (passing through the room): Hello, you two! I'll talk to you later. Bill: Yeah, see you around. Now, as I was saying, Mary, this goes here on this wire. Tom: I hate to interrupt, but someone's car is being broken into down on the street. Fred: As I was saying, these illegal practices must stop.
See also: saying

(Do you) know what I 'm saying?

 and You know what I'm saying?; (Do you) know what I mean?; You know what I mean?
Do you understand me?; Do you agree? Sue: This is, like, really great! You know what I'm saying? Mary: Yeah, I've been there. It's great.
See also: know, what

I hear what you're saying, and I hear you.

1. I know exactly what you mean! John: The prices in this place are a bit steep. Jane: Man, I hear you! Bill: I think it's about time for the whole management team to resign! Andrew: I hear what you're saying.
2. an expression indicating that the speaker has been heard, but implying that there is no agreement. Tom: Time has come to do something about that ailing dog of yours. Mary: I hear what you're saying. Jane: It would be a good idea to have the house painted. John: I hear what you're saying.
See also: and, hear, what

(It) (just) goes without saying.

Cliché [something] is so obvious that it need not be said. It goes without saying that you are to wear formal clothing to the White House dinner. Of course you must be on time. That goes without saying.
See also: goes, saying, without

say the word

to give a signal to begin; to say yes or okay. I'm ready to start any time you say the word. We'll all shout "Happy Birthday!" when I say the word.
See also: say, word

go without saying

Be self-evident, a matter of course. For example, It goes without saying that success is the product of hard work. This expression is a translation of the French cela va sans dire. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: saying, without

it goes without saying

COMMON You say it goes without saying to mean that something is obviously true. It goes without saying that if someone has lung problems they should not smoke. It goes without saying that you will be my guest until you leave for Africa.
See also: goes, saying, without

say the word

give permission or instructions to do something.
See also: say, word

go without saying

be too well known or obvious to need to be mentioned.
See also: saying, without

there is no saying

it is impossible to know.
See also: saying, there

there’s no ˈknowing/ˈsaying/ˈtelling...

it is impossible to know/say/tell: There is no telling what he may do when he gets angry.There’s no saying what will happen.
See also: knowing, saying

if you ˌdon’t mind me/my ˈsaying so...

(spoken) used when you are going to criticize somebody or say something that might upset them: That colour doesn’t really suit you, if you don’t mind my saying so.
See also: if, mind, saying

(just) say the ˈword

used to show that you are willing and ready to do something as soon as somebody asks: If you need any help, just say the word.
See also: say, word

it ˌgoes without ˈsaying (that...)


that ˌgoes without ˈsaying

it is obvious, already known or natural (that...): Of course I’ll visit you in hospital. It goes without saying!‘You realize that this is a very responsible job, don’t you?’ ‘Yes, that goes without saying.’
See also: goes, saying, without

it’s/that’s not ˈsaying much, etc.

used to show that what you have just said is not particularly remarkable or impressive: She’s a better player than me, but that’s not saying much (= because I’m a very bad player).
See also: not, saying

I hear what you are saying

1. and I hear you. sent. I know what you are trying to say. Yes, yes. I hear what you are saying, and I’m with you.
2. sent. I understand your position, but I am under no obligation to agree. (Can be used to avoid disagreeing and the resulting argument.) I hear you, but it doesn’t matter.
See also: hear, saying, what
References in classic literature ?
So saying, Aglaya burst into bitter tears, and, hiding her face in her handkerchief, sank back into a chair.
After this we continued our journey, and as they got out of the cab our friend was saying, "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
And everybody crowded up with the tears in their eyes, and most shook the hands off of them frauds, saying all the time:
Now Panda was a man of gentle heart, who did not love war, and therefore it was thought that he was half-witted; and, because I loved Panda, when the question of his slaying came on, I and the chief Mapita spoke against it, and pleaded for him, saying that there was nothing to be feared at his hands who was a fool.
In order to do this he asked to speak in private with the king, saying that he had a most important communication to make.
The time passed quickly away, and when the seven years were nearly ended two of them grew terribly anxious and frightened, but the third made light of it, saying, 'Don't be afraid, brothers, I wasn't born yesterday; I will guess the riddle.
Consider what you are saying, senor," said the youth; "this master of mine is not a knight, nor has he received any order of knighthood; for he is Juan Haldudo the Rich, of Quintanar.
I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse.
Here is my dear and excellent mother saying she will quit this house and marry again, yet I am laughing and enjoying myself as though there were nothing happening.
Next he asked me some questions about YOU; saying that he had heard of you as a man of good principle, and that since he was unwilling to remain your debtor, would a sum of five hundred roubles repay you for all you had done for me?
This observation would not have prevented her from trying to talk to the latter, had they not been seated at an inconvenient distance; but she was not sorry to be spared the necessity of saying much.
When Hector heard this he was glad, and went about among the Trojan ranks holding his spear by the middle to keep them back, and they all sat down at his bidding: but the Achaeans still aimed at him with stones and arrows, till Agamemnon shouted to them saying, "Hold, Argives, shoot not, sons of the Achaeans; Hector desires to speak.
Oh, for ages, for ages," she exclaimed hastily, frowning a little, then she went on addressing herself to Mills, apparently in continuation of what she was saying before.
It was not without difficulty that Dom Claude managed to hear what they were saying, through the humming of the blood, which was boiling in his temples.
So saying, they all stepped out once more, with the right foot foremost, as the saying is.