say (something) to (one)
To speak to one; to tell one a word or phrase. Say sorry to your sister! Sorry, did you say something to me?
say (something) to (oneself)
To have a specific thought. I know what you're saying to yourself: "This can't be real." Well, I'm sorry to say that it is. I've been saying to myself that we need to invest in a better washing machine.
say to (oneself)
1. To vocalize one's thoughts without addressing them to anyone in particular, especially in a lowered voice or in one's mind. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "say" and "to." "You can do this," I said to myself. "You've done it before and you can do it again." I could hear him saying things to himself as I came down the stairs.
2. To form or focus on some particular thought in one's mind. I keep saying to myself that I will start exercising more regularly, but I just keep letting the days slip by. He said to himself that he would never let himself get duped like that again.
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say something to someone
to tell something to someone. He didn't say anything to me. Did someone say something to you?
say something to something
to say yes or no to a proposal, request, etc. I hope you will say yes to my proposal. Nothing was said to your request at the last meeting.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.