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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: point
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It is important to articulate this practice of Christian love, especially its capacity to challenge and transform how we relate to others and ourselves, and how we understand God's call for discipleship and justice, but to belabor this idea throughout is not particularly useful for the overall development of the various ideas broached in the book.
(7.) To belabor Thompson, it is well to recall that he eschewed assimilating even the Welsh and Scottish experience to that of England, citing distinctions of religion, politics, and culture that required investigation.
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Now he is a tinpot pope in the Coca-Cola belt and a brother to the forlorn pastors who belabor half-wits in galvanized iron tabernacles behind the railroad yards."
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Rather than belabor the point, Hassan merely offers some examples that make the distinction clear: Gide is modern, Genet postmodern; O'Neill is modern, Sam Shepard postmodern.