belabor the point

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.
See also: point

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.
See also: point

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
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My purpose, however, is not to belabor the point, but to look for a solution.
I could make an analogy here with the importance of the "Japanese import" for the serious vinyl collector, but perhaps it is not necessary to belabor the point.
All of these brands have exceptionally high recognition value without the need to belabor the point with detailed explanations of the exact nature of the operation.
And not to belabor the point, but all of these investors are in their accumulation years and quite a distance away from withdrawing assets.
Not to belabor the point, but the analogy holds true in so many respects.
Don't belabor the point, and the public will have no choice but to move on, too.
I'm not going to belabor the point that nowhere in the Constitution--which, by the way, these Senators have sworn to uphold--does it say anything about having to garner 60 votes in order to move anything ahead.
Although he does not belabor the point, there are certainly powerful parallels between Freeberg's history of the campaign to free Debs and contemporary concerns regarding the Patriot Act, policies of interrogation and torture, and the state of civil liberties in an era of perpetual war.
I don't want to belabor the point, but let's just say the Forestry Department fellows weren't the ones who alerted us to our beetle problem.
But they soon appear to belabor the point with similar titles such as "Blue Sky," "Blue Boat," "Red Boat," and so on.
Not to belabor the point concerning our country's social inequalities or materialism, but the holidays ain't the same to us all.
To belabor the point, if you think only in terms of taking a defensive position, you're doing just that--defending--not attacking or responding to the attack.
Absent a signed confession that the composer was unlikely to provide, given both his personality and his complicated relationship with Stravinsky, both well documented in the present volume, it seems impossible to prove a negative--which might be the reason Press tends to belabor the point.
There's no need to belabor the point about the amazingly detailed regulations with which nursing homes must comply--regulations that not only set end points, but lay out, step by step, how to attain them.
While school officials belabor the point that drug testing is not meant to be punitive, schools appear to do a poor job of facilitating referrals to treatment.