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belabor the point

To talk about or emphasize something more than is necessary, usually to the listener's boredom or annoyance. A: "I don't mean to belabor the point, but I'm just worried that there won't be enough food at the party." B: "Yeah, we know, you've said that 10 times now." I'm only belaboring the point because we still haven't reached a decision.
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belabor the point

to spend too much time on one item of discussion. I don't want to belabor the point, but the sooner we get this matter settled, the better. If the speaker would agree not to belabor the point further, I will place it on the agenda for resolution at the next meeting.
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belabor the point

Repeat an argument or other issue over and over, harp on something, as in We've discussed her decision-let's not belabor the point. This term dates from the mid-1900s and derives from belabor in the sense of "assail with words," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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Mackey calls upon us, for example, to resist "shallow, simplistic readings" of black literature "that belabor the most obvious aspects of the writer's work and situation, readings that go something like this: 'So-and-so is a black writer.
Chairman, I want to belabor this point, because TEI believes it is important to keep focused on the big picture and to avoid generalizations and misrepresentations.
Though Riordan doesn't belabor the point, her examples frequently show how cosmetic products allowed Women to score 'higher at the beauty game, but not to change it.
Patrick orders his obeisant secretary, Chloe Sevigny), but to add that it speaks with forked tongue to Clinton-generated, bull-market amorality would belabor the obvious.
There is no need to belabor the point for nursing homes, which are facing their own major challenges this year in getting their systems up to speed for MDS 2.
It would perhaps belabor the point to spell out how both grant, who has returned from California to teach, and his charge Jefferson, a repressed and unthinking member of a post-slave society, achieve a level of self-awareness which allows them to achieve redemption into life.
There is no more need for the court to belabor and discuss in this order what has been already been extensively discussed in the assailed order, the court said in an order dated June 24 but made public on Wednesday.
I didn't feel I had to revisit or belabor the idea of mechanical reproduction.
Although reasonably well-acted and handsomely produced, pic is a numbingly pretentious psychological drama that takes an unconscionably long time to belabor the obvious, and occasionally merits laughter for some overwrought and inadvertently funny dialogue.
The book sometimes tends to belabor the obvious (for the poor, "furniture and .
The material arguments had been amply passed upon in the subject decision and there is no need to belabor the same," the court said.
If you belabor it, then it collapses under its own weight.
Thus, to discuss again its ratio decidendi (the rule of law on which a judicial decision is based) would be to belabor the issues without end," the court said in a decision written by Justice Edwin Sorongon.
Not to belabor a point, but Fred Coble's dismissive reply (Your Opinions, Dec.
Without wishing to belabor my criticism of this portion of a book whose reading I found absorbing, I would argue that here, the relationship between generalizations and the evidence on which these are based is much more tenuous.