it goes without saying

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it goes without saying

It is unambiguous, perfectly clear, or self-evident (that something is the case); it is already widely acknowledged, established, or accepted (that something is the case). I know it goes without saying, but the staff restrooms are not to be used by students or visitors. It should go without saying, but you will receive an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on the exam.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(It) (just) goes without saying.

Cliché [something] is so obvious that it need not be said. It goes without saying that you are to wear formal clothing to the White House dinner. Of course you must be on time. That goes without saying.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

it goes without saying

COMMON You say it goes without saying to mean that something is obviously true. It goes without saying that if someone has lung problems they should not smoke. It goes without saying that you will be my guest until you leave for Africa.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

it ˌgoes without ˈsaying (that...)


that ˌgoes without ˈsaying

it is obvious, already known or natural (that...): Of course I’ll visit you in hospital. It goes without saying!‘You realize that this is a very responsible job, don’t you?’ ‘Yes, that goes without saying.’
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goes without saying, it/that

It/that is a matter of course, so generally accepted that it need not be stated at all. This expression, which often is followed by exactly what supposedly need not be said, is a translation of the French proverb Cela va sans dire, which at first was directly adopted into English and later was translated (in the last half of the nineteenth century). “It goes without saying that the books are not ordinary ones,” appeared in an issue of a literary journal in 1897.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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