preach to the choir

preach to the choir

To try to convince someone about something that they already support or understand. You're preaching to the choir here—we all have kids and understand how busy life with kids is.
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
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He doesn't always preach to the choir either - disseminating what he calls "left wing bull***" with equal aplomb.
According to Politico, she said that 'they can't just preach to the choir,' adding that "the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by 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.
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.
Any number of workshops and general sessions "preached to the choir," inveighing them, in turn, to also preach to the choir back home.
Every day since I've been inaugurated, I've been up and down the state talking about higher expectations, and today I get to preach to the choir,'' the governor said, clearly pleased with the reception.
So many of us have this as our goal that it seems ludicrous to preach to the choir, but I feel that the suffocation that I mentioned before may be taking its toll on all of us overdone, over-dealt women.
Other wellness programs preach to the choir by attracting already-healthy employees to participate, or they only offer exercise classes or facilities.
I think it would have been great for each group to hear from and talk to each other, rather than simply have each group preach to the choir about the other group.
We didn't want to preach to the choir, and we didn't want to do another soft coming-out after-school special.
Photo: Singer Amy Grant need not preach to the choir, says a reader.
About Face was founded with the goal of creating gay and lesbian theater that would cross over--really good, really pretty, and really gay theater that didn't just preach to the choir.