preach to the choir

preach to the choir

To try to convince someone about something that they already support; to state one's opinion to those who are already most receptive to it. You're preaching to the choir here—we all have kids and understand how busy life can get. Honestly, you're preaching to the choir, but I just don't have any money to donate.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the choir

 and preach to the converted
Fig. to make one's case primarily to one's supporters; to make one's case only to those people who are present or who are already friendly to the issues. There is no need to convince us of the value of hard work. We already know that. You are just preaching to the choir. Don't waste your time telling us about the problem. That's preaching to the choir. Bob found himself preaching to the converted when he was telling Jane the advantages of living in the suburbs. She already hates city life.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the

choir/converted
To argue in favor of a viewpoint already held by one's audience.
See also: preach
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It's so easy to spit fire and preach to the choir. Turn on your choice of cable news or flip open social media to get a dose of that cheap act.
Then we have the airwaves, which nowadays, are mostly crowded with nonsensical programs that preach to the choir. Years ago, radio and television broadcasts were full of sci-fi shows about extraterrestrials.
He can expect to be hit with a warm wave of applause in the conference hall today - but he must do more than preach to the choir.
We need more leaders working to promote diversity and inclusion, but we don't want to "preach to the Choir" anymore.
He doesn't always preach to the choir either - disseminating what he calls "left wing bull***" with equal aplomb.
27 ( ANI ): In her first interview since leaving Fox News, Sarah Palin said that she doesn't want to 'just preach to the choir' and that she is looking to take her message to a 'larger audience'.
Though the book is packaged to preach to the choir, its style is journalistic and based on extensive investigative research.
You and I can preach to the choir ad nauseum with few results.
I will not preach to the choir or claim that I know more about the global financial crisis than governments, central banks and commercial banks do.
"Green Mama" is a truly useful eco-educational tool that does more than preach to the choir; it gets to the heart of commitment and the reality of daily deeds of faith and preservation for the planet we are given.
The best of these poems do not preach to the choir; rather they are the choir filled with the same messages as the sermons but more powerful because they are sung.
At the risk of appearing to "preach to the choir," it's also interesting to note that the FBI's recently released 2007 data showed a drop in violent crime (1.4 percent) over the previous year.
And when I arrived the morning after the endorsement to find my voicemail box registering "full," I comforted myself with how boring it must be to, as the saying goes, preach to the choir.
At a recent TCG gathering, Susan Booth of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre asked, "Even while we know how to preach to the choir, how do we talk to the tone deaf?" If we cannot converse--rather than shout--across the divides that separate us, how can we ever hope to create a collaborative society rather than a divided one, a world that values leadership through agreement rather than will imposed?
Or maybe you want a visually enticing way to preach to the choir, or to get fresh inspiration for your own projects.