labour the point

labor 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 labor 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 laboring the point because we still haven't reached a decision.
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labour the point

If someone labours the point, they keep explaining something or emphasizing a fact even though people have already understood it. I don't want to labour the point but there it is. The truth, without labouring the point, is that one can lead a good and fulfilling life without children.
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labour the point

explain or discuss something at excessive or unnecessary length.
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labour the ˈpoint

continue to repeat or explain something that is already clear: I think you’ve said enough — there’s no need to labour the point.
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I think she succeeds--resisting the urge to labour the point, but also finding more realistic solutions to problems caused by financial differences between her characters.
Labour the point AS A Labour voter all my life, I'd welcome a second independence referendum to put the issue to bed once and for all.
I don't want to labour the point, but after Zoe Ball's sparkling stand-in job at the weekend the producers have a really big decision to make next year.
YOUR columnist, Rex Makin, continues to labour the point of traffic congestion in Liverpool City Centre, and the vast number of near-empty buses exacerbating the problem.
I don't want to labour the point because we lost the game but it was a penalty to us before it even got to that point.
WHILE I don't want to labour the point about the gates at Eston cemetery, I feel I must reply to D M Earnshaw's letter.
Fellow columnist Barry Gibson keeps banging on about these, so I'm not going to labour the point, only to say that there's an obvious solution to the dispersal of hordes of spotty hooligans on street corners and outside shops.
Sorry to labour the point - but the other reason I want Portsmouth to win the FA Cup is because it will shove Harry Redknapp one step closer to being England manager.
I KNOW I'm not the first to highlight this issue, and I don't want to labour the point, but I am frequently saddened by the behaviour of Cardiff schoolchildren who pay little regard to those who have to share the local shops and other amenities with their unruly antics.
I don't want to labour the point but after Zoe Ball's sparkling stand-in job at the weekend Zoe Ball's sparkling stand-in job at the weekend the producers have a really big decision to make the producers have a really big decision to make next year.
I don't want to labour the point, but it's in games like this that Xabi Alonso will be really missed.
NOT wishing to labour the point made at length on radio phone-ins and message boards, but had we played our strongest team we would have had the edge over Blackburn and won.
I don't mean to labour the point," he lies, "but it really does look like that other woman's nipple is inside your mouth.
In case anyone has missed it, however, Savill seems determined to labour the point, as anyone who bothered to read his lengthy missive in yesterday's Racing Post will testify.
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