better left unsaid


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better left unsaid

This phrase emphasizes that something should not be mentioned, usually because it is offensive, inappropriate, or problematic. Yeah, your romantic feelings for the groom are definitely better left unsaid! I hope you know that sexist comments like that are better left unsaid.
See also: better, left

better left unsaid

[refers to a topic that] should not be discussed; [refers to a thought that] everyone is thinking, but would cause difficulty if talked about in public. (A typical beginning for this phrase might be It is, That is, The details are, or even Some things are. See the examples.) Mary: I really don't know how to tell you this. Bob: Then don't. Maybe it's better left unsaid. Bill: I had such a terrible fight with Sally last night. I can't believe what I said. Bob: I don't need to hear all about it. Some things are better left unsaid.
See also: better, left
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His paper's subtitle put it more bluntly: "Some things are better left unsaid.
ISN'T THERE SOMEONE around who loves this author more than anything, someone he loves and trusts in return, who could sit down with him and tell him what's good, even wonderful, in this farrago of bits and pieces, and what is lightweight, plain silly stuff and better left unsaid, or in the notebooks?
Some things are not better left unsaid, or better left unpublished, as far as the Eighth Circuit is concerned.
vowels left up in the air as if something is better left unsaid as if I could have.
But this is not merely class naturalism; words are also magic in this play; wishes can be spoken too soon, and much is better left unsaid.
Lineker later backtracked - the first time ever in his career - but there's no doubt the England manager feels some things should have been better left unsaid, principally anything beginning with 'r'.
Washington, May 19 ( ANI ): Some things are better left unsaid in the case of your boss that stands true.
Edwards' new material - "a clutch of baby sea turtles" fighting to live - was filled with potential but a little sporadic, occasionally resorting to cheap gags which may have been better left unsaid.
On his 1983 album Infidels, Dylan has a song called Union Sundown, containing these four lines: "Democracy don''t rule the world, You''d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that''s better left unsaid.
That's better left unsaid," Collier told the Indianapolis Star-News.
Things are better left unsaid online than saying something offensive.
Don't uncover family secrets, which may be better left unsaid.
An opponent might not like to see their rival enjoying their win, but certain inappropriate comments would have been better left unsaid.
The newspapers want their pound of flesh and cricketers are drawn into saying things better left unsaid.
I invariably advise people to communicate with their partners at all times and to talk through their problems, but sometimes some things are better left unsaid.
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