needless to say


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needless to say

Obviously; the following is completely self-evident. I found John cheating on me with his secretary. Needless to say, I'm filing for a divorce.
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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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References in classic literature ?
It is again needless to say that, so far from objecting, I was all eagerness to assist her.
The noblest nature sees the most of this impersonal expression in beauty (it is needless to say that there are gentlemen with whiskers dyed and undyed who see none of it whatever), and for this reason, the noblest nature is often the most blinded to the character of the one woman's soul that the beauty clothes.
But Isabel was a woman; and her answer, it is needless to say, was "I don't know, I'm sure.
Needless to say, the idiot did not become intelligent, but it is alleged that he grew into something more or less resembling a man.
Needless to say, the money was returned, or rather flung back in his face.
Needless to say, the custom soon made its way from the district of Chromatistes to surrounding regions; and within two generations no one in all Flatland was colourless except the Women and the Priests.
Needless to say, in News in Brief we will strive to keep you up-to-date on events in the world and in Canada which impinge on the Catholic perspective.
Needless to say, many callers complained that Mallard was unfairly being censored.
Needless to say, this destroyed our holiday and I am still suffering the effects.
Needless to say, the family's annual Christmas letter will be a little confusing this year.
Edit: Needless to say, moral questions are not just personal convictions; and the pluralistic society may not overrule the natural moral law.
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.
Needless to say, the cost of these trips is concealed from stockholders with accounting devices worthy of Enron.
Needless to say, not every essay will appeal to every reader, but I think it's safe to say that anyone with even a passing interest in popular music will find something to enjoy in these pages.
Needless to say, you would spill the material everywhere, and it's a fairly toxic material, so material data sheets are important.