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be preaching to the converted

To be trying to convince someone about something that they already support or understand. You're preaching to the converted here—we all have kids and understand how busy life with kids is.
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convert (in)to (something)

1. To leave one religion in order to follow another. I converted to Judaism in preparation for my wedding.
2. To cause someone to leave one religion in order to follow another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "(in)to." Everyone thinks Mandy converted me to Catholicism, but that's not really true.
3. To change or transform from one form, state, or function into another. The gas will convert into a liquid with enough pressure. This sofa converts to a pretty comfy bed.
4. To change or transform something to a new or different form, state, or function. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." The alchemist tried for years to convert lead and other common minerals into gold. Could you convert these American dollars to euros for me, please?
5. To shift from one type of person or thing into another. Did the shy kid I used to know really into a punk rock singer? Over the next few years, the small two-man operation to one of the largest businesses in the country.
6. To cause someone or something to change or shift from one type of person or thing into another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." The profession converted him over time from a trusting, open-minded young man into a bitter, cynical old grouch. The oppressive regime converted the country into a cruel police state.
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convert from (something)

1. To leave one religion in order to follow another. I converted from Catholicism to Judaism in preparation for my wedding.
2. To change or shift from one thing into another. Did she really convert from that shy kid into a punk rock singer?
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convert from (something) (in)to (something)

1. To leave one religion in order to follow another. I converted from Catholicism to Judaism in preparation for my wedding.
2. To cause someone to leave one religion in order to follow another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." Everyone thinks Mandy converted me from Islam to Buddhism, but that's not really true.
3. To change or transform from one form, state, or function into another. The substance will convert from a gas into a liquid with enough pressure.
4. To change or transform something to a new or different form, state, or function. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." We're converting the room from a bedroom into an office. Could you convert this money from pounds to American dollars for me, please?
5. To shift from one type of person or thing into another. Did she really convert from that shy kid I used to know into a punk rock singer? Over the next few years, the business would convert from a small two-man operation to one of the largest corporations in the country.
6. To cause someone or something to change or shift from one type of person or thing into another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." The profession converted him over time from a trusting, open-minded young man into a bitter, cynical old grouch.
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preach to the choir

To try to convince someone about something that they already support; to state one's opinion to those who are already most receptive to it. You're preaching to the choir here—we all have kids and understand how busy life can get. Honestly, you're preaching to the choir, but I just don't have any money to donate.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the converted

To try to convince someone about something that they already support; to state one's opinion to those who are already most receptive to it. You're preaching to the converted here—we all have kids and understand how busy life can get. Honestly, you're preaching to the converted, but I just don't have any money to donate.
See also: convert, preach

convert from something (into something)

 and convert (from something) (in)to something
to change from one thing into another. We converted from oil to natural gas to heat our house. I had hoped he would convert from an impatient youth into a relaxed gentleman. He did not.
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convert someone or something (from something) (into something)

to change someone or something from something into something else. Can we convert you from a meat eater into a vegetarian? Would you be willing to convert your oil furnace to a gas one?

preach to the choir

 and preach to the converted
Fig. to make one's case primarily to one's supporters; to make one's case only to those people who are present or who are already friendly to the issues. There is no need to convince us of the value of hard work. We already know that. You are just preaching to the choir. Don't waste your time telling us about the problem. That's preaching to the choir. Bob found himself preaching to the converted when he was telling Jane the advantages of living in the suburbs. She already hates city life.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the converted

Try to convince someone who is already convinced, as in Why tell me smoking is bad when I gave it up years ago? You're preaching to the converted. [Mid-1800s]
See also: convert, preach

be preaching to the converted

If someone is preaching to the converted, they are presenting an opinion or argument to people who already agree with them. You're wasting your time preaching to the converted. In any case the film was, by and large, preaching to the converted. Note: The converted are people who have converted, or changed their religious beliefs. Preaching is the activity of telling people about a religion.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the converted

advocate something to people who already share your convictions about its merits or importance.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the conˈverted

(American English also preach to the ˈchoir) tell people to support a view or an idea when they already support it: Why do they keep telling us about the importance of women in industry? They’re preaching to the converted here.
See also: convert, preach
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Moments later, Charles Odongo of Nakuru made a brilliant run on the touchline and scored a try which Ominde converted.Okwaro reduced the leeway in the 72nd minute for Oilers when he scored a penalty.
Another 7.09 kanals of land in street 11 was also converted into residential plots.
Evans added another converted try for the Scarlets in added time.
Out of total 3571 pensioners of Quetta, 1750 have been converted to DCS system, which is 49 percent of the total, whereas from AGPR sub-office of Gilgit Baltistan, 38 percent which constitute 81 pensioners out of 212 pensioners have been converted.
Rishworthians started the second half with a Kelly drop goal, but straight away Moortown stand-off Dion Frazier crossed for a try, which he converted to make it 24-20.
Responding to a question she said that she embraced Islam because this is a religious of peace and love and she denied propaganda against Muslim community that they converted her by force.
Exceptions to this included LaRose and Ramirez, who committed offenses in the same year that they converted. It was more common, however, for the individuals in this study to commit offenses between three to seven years after conversion.
But Gregson was again at his best, bursting through the defence to complete his hat-trick - Griffith again converting - who shortly after scored a try and also converted.
Scorpions hit back, with Tom Morgan and Steve Parry scoring converted tries.
Bears were under pressure almost from the start as the visitors built a 12-point lead from two converted tries.
Converted EVs would be lawfully allowed to run on public roads, if they pass the transport ministry's mandatory safety checks.
It also describes the "persistent myth" of converting to Islam for marriage - with many relationships forming only after someone has converted to the religion.
This additional tax planning benefit is presumably created by the ability to pay the Roth conversion tax liability over two years in 2011 and 2012, a tax deferral benefit available only for amounts converted in 2010.
In most if not all cases these individuals have already been converted to Christ, and so we are united in that common faith.
Webb simply took his interest further and, after dabbling in Buddhism as well as Theosophy (to which he remained inclined his entire life), converted to Islam while serving as US Consul in Manila.