needless to say


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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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needless to say

Unnecessary to state. This phrase, which always precedes the statement of that very thing which need not be said, originated as “Nedelesse to speke” in the early sixteenth century. See also goes without saying.
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References in classic literature ?
It is needless to say that they merely strengthened my resolution to see her at all hazards.
I saw Blanche (Lady Lundie being present, it is needless to say) in the back drawing-room.
Norah, it is needless to say, had long since ceased to be her pupil; and Magdalen had, by this time, completed her education.
All seemed somewhat put out by this dull, confused, martial harmony, especially Don Quixote, who could not keep his seat from pure disquietude; as to Sancho, it is needless to say that fear drove him to his usual refuge, the side or the skirts of the duchess; and indeed and in truth the sound they heard was a most doleful and melancholy one.
When he was within about fifty feet of me he unclasped an enormous metal armlet, and holding it toward me in the open palm of his hand, addressed me in a clear, resonant voice, but in a language, it is needless to say, I could not understand.
New Delhi [India], Jun 20 ( ANI ): The makers have dropped a new song 'Ruby Ruby' from Dutt biopic 'Sanju' and needless to say, it is dark, and addresses one's desire to find love.
Clearly they were his type of leaders because, needless to say, he had the last laugh.
Needless to say after 25 years as visitors, we will not be returning to Cyprus.
Needless to say that is the first and last time I will be attending my citizens advice and would like to make people aware of what type of service and advice is being given to our youth of today.
I told him I wasn't pleased with their work, he promised to call back - needless to say he did not.
Needless to say, when supervisors treat injured employees with dignity and respect at the time of injury and throughout the recovery process, the duration of lost work time shrinks and workers' compensation costs decreases.
All these costs, needless to say, don't translate into good care.
Needless to say, this reduces outlays in both blood and treasure.
Needless to say, that was all well before toxic chemicals were part of the picture.
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.