say (something) about (someone or something)

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say (something) about (someone or something)

1. To make some verbal comment regarding someone or something. Sarah's mother said some mean things about her new boyfriend after they left. I wanted to say a couple things about your report before you leave.
2. To reveal, demonstrate, or indicate some trait or aspect of someone or something. A: "Tommy's got a really bad temper, don't you think?" B: "Yes, though I think it says something about his parents, to be honest." The fact that they could have such a popular product and still manage to lose money says a lot about their competence as a company.
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say something about someone or something

 
1. to make remarks about someone or something. What did you say about me? I think that Fran must have said something about me to you.
2. to indicate or reveal something about someone or something. They all cheered. That really says something about Tom's popularity. The fact that almost no one came to his party says something about Walter, I think.
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"If you disagree with me on ideology then say something about it, but never say something personal.
(1) For the child that is born to be given those titles was to say something about his status in that society.
"I especially try to say something about the fact that you can feel more than one way about the same thing.
When writing about a person and you need to say something about where the person lived, went to school, and worked, put this information in a separate box so that your main story is not interrupted by these facts.
Goldman is optimistic that the new result will say something about the zeta function.
I gotta say something about Christy or she'll kill me.
Bartley), "Could you say something about your differences with Keynesian economists?"
It may, however, say something about how the protein evolved, he notes.