say to

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?
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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.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

say something to someone

to tell something to someone. He didn't say anything to me. Did someone say something to you?
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
What do you say to this answer?--Figure is the only thing which always follows colour.
And if he were a philosopher of the eristic and antagonistic sort, I should say to him: You have my answer, and if I am wrong, your business is to take up the argument and refute me.
I was then in a sad condition indeed, for as there is no great bustle in putting an end to a poor body's family when once they are carried to the grave, so the poor good woman being buried, the parish children she kept were immediately removed by the church-wardens; the school was at an end, and the children of it had no more to do but just stay at home till they were sent somewhere else; and as for what she left, her daughter, a married woman with six or seven children, came and swept it all away at once, and removing the goods, they had no more to say to me than to jest with me, and tell me that the little gentlewoman might set up for herself if she pleased.
"They wouldn't have nothink to say to me if I wos to go to a nice innocent place fur to live.
"Say to the CEO: 'I could learn from it.' Sometimes, VPMAs stay away because they don't feel comfortable talking about strategic planning so they stick with medical staff stuff." Ingo Angermeier, president and CEO, Spartanburg Region Healthcare System, Spartanburg, S.C., says doctors should absolutely attend financial meetings to represent the interests of the medical staff, especially, for instance, when there is a discussion of capital expenditures.
"We need to say to a grieving person that the church is here for you."