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 needless to say that they merely strengthened my resolution to see her at all hazards.
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.
Needless to say after 25 years as visitors, we will not be returning to Cyprus.
Needless to say Dad cried and many of us also cried.
Needless to say, gadna (an acronym for youth corps in Hebrew) was a bonding experience.
Needless to say, news coverage of gold-plated perks given to executives like Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of Tyco International, and former General Electric Co.
Needless to say, I didn't have time to shower and apply my usual ton of products, so I went to my next class with my hair completely natural.
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).
Needless to say, the photographic files are kept on WORM disks so they can't be altered.
Needless to say, no one has looked at what happens to people who eat more than one of these additives on the same day.
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.
The results, needless to say, differ markedly from Wolfgang Petersen's ``Troy.