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elaborate on (someone or something)

To expand on a particular topic or idea. To say more about someone or something. Can you elaborate on that? I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do there. In your next draft, I think you should really elaborate on your reading of this paragraph of the novel.
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elaborate on someone or something

to give additional details about someone or something. Would you care to elaborate on that? I want to know more about Kelly. Could you elaborate on her?
See also: elaborate, on
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However, the decision to do so by endlessly elaborating racially encoded rules of etiquette eerily evokes those innumerable daily expectations and taboos that once buttressed segregation.
Elaborating the literary ancestry of "An Allusion to Horace," for example, she helpfully clarifies the particular standards by which Rochester judged poetry as well as his more evident ad hominem satiric techniques against poets and playwrights whom he disliked.
The section closes with advantage of mobile applications elaborating various reasons of sudden adoption and mass interest in the same and essential features of mobile apps where ideal features are discussed briefly.
As the title of the show, "time's friction," suggested, Campus was less interested in tracking durational time than in revealing and elaborating on the poetic pushes and pulls within it.
In addition to repeating and, in some instances, elaborating on Chesterfield's warnings against shivering; scratching oneself; fingering one's mouth, nose or ears; snapping one's fingers; rubbing one's hands; drumming the table; biting one's nails; spitting; excessive nose-blowing; and playing with one's fingers, feet, clothing, or small objects; writers for the middling sort added warnings against throwing one's arms about; tapping one's feet; tossing one's head; and excessive coughing, sneezing, or yawning.
When The Empty Museum was first shown in 1993 at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt, it was accompanied by a series of lectures elaborating the theory and poetics of his "Total Installation." In these talks, the artist described such works as instruments for bringing the viewer to a state in which he or she will recognize the illusion being created in the installation while simultaneously being wholly absorbed into it, that one will be transported while at the same time watching oneself being transported.
In any event, Gailus uses the model productively by elaborating three conflict levels and three possible alliances: 1.