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needless to say

Obviously; the following is completely self-evident. Helen has pneumonia, so, needless to say, we're postponing our vacation.
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needless to say

It is so obvious that it doesn't need to be said, but.... Needless to say, I should have spent more time on the report, but I just didn't have it.
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needless to say

Very likely or obvious, self-evident, as in Needless to say, the availability of assault weapons is closely connected with crime. Although nonsensical at first glance (if unnecessary to say, why say it?), this phrase is generally used for emphasis. It originated as needless to speak in the early 1500s. Also see go without (saying).
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ˌneedless to ˈsay

as you would expect: Needless to say, the students who had studied maths before did better in the statistics exam.He got home from the party at 5 a.m. Needless to say, his parents were furious.
If something is needless, it is not necessary.
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In short, Needless Alley was a "disorderly street", full of "disorderly houses".
COMPETITION HOPES: Needless hope they will win over the My Space voters
highways, it continues to cause needless and tragic loss of life each year.
Needless to say, when looking for a long-term solution the task becomes a lot more complicated.
Needless to say, when the brown furry family returned from their fishing expedition, they were shocked and dismayed to see the shambles the puerile hoodlum had made of their woodland homestead.
Serlia in fact is not only the first to institute the canonical set of five classical orders; he is also, on occasion, a leading proponent of architectural license (at times, needless to say, he presents himself as a strict adherent of orthodoxy).
But Robin is the ultimate financial shark, and has VERY different plans for the land involving, needless to say, a big fat profit for him.
Read The Elements of Style by Strunk and White and practice Rule #17: "Omit needless words.
Such false positives can cause needless anguish, he notes.
All of us at Premera, and our friends at The Polyclinic, believe that this is a great opportunity to prevent needless loss of life and suffering, needless loss of time on the job and needless waste of limited financial resources," said H.
A book, titled 'America's Needless Wars,' is just off the press-and reminds us about America as ally, and America as a wicked aggressor.
I AGREE with your correspondent R Lewis (Voice of the North, December 6): it is daft and needless at the present time to alter clocks twice a year.
Needless Alley remains a fascinating narrow street climbing from New Street to Temple Row.
Needless to say, such fraternizing goes against department policy.
Needless to say, even though Five Years Of 4th Genre contains a wealth of worthwhile and genuine literary criticism, it is a fun and easy read.