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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We need not belabor the point on this compelling issue.
"There's no need to further belabor the point ndash Wednesday's big story was inflation.
You didn't ask my opinion on this, and I also believe there's no "right" or "wrong" way to socialize as long as people are comfortable with it, so I won't belabor the point -- but what you describe isn't introversion, it's reclusion.
We feel sorry he has to belabor the point. But suspending eagle releases does not save the eagles from extinction.
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. Another unexpected delight is Zurcher's introduction to his Het leven van de Boeddha, a work illustrated by Zurcher himself under the pseudonym Sjef Nix and originally published in 1978 in a Dutch series aimed at the popular market.
While I do not wish to belabor the point about incorrect transcriptions or confusing assertions, four more examples should suffice to underscore the seriousness of the issue and to call for a revised edition of Reading Dante.
Caption: Don Glynn of the Niagara Gazette questioned the contest, writing, "Not to belabor the point, how is it possible to rank Niagara Falls ahead of Orlando, Fla., in the kid category?"
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.
Latter chapters that have the potential to belabor the point engage the reader afresh by introducing social and phenomenological contexts.
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.