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go without saying

To be unambiguous, perfectly clear, or self-evident; to be already acknowledged, established, or accepted. This should go without saying, but you will receive an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on the exam.
See also: saying, without

say goodbye to (something)

To lose or end something, especially suddenly; to be forced to accept such a loss or end. You were caught drinking on school property? Well, you can say goodbye to your brand new car, mister! After the final horse lost its race, I said goodbye to all the money I'd won that day at the track. You do realize that you'll be saying goodbye to all the benefits the company has to offer if you decide to work as a freelancer?
See also: goodbye, say

says it all

A phrase used to emphasize a particular detail, usually because it is evidence of a bigger issue. When I asked my mom if she was mad at me, her silence said it all. Oh, he's still petrified of dogs—the look of terror on his face says it all!
See also: all, say

as I was saying

Said when one wants to return to one's previous topic of discussion. As I was saying before the waiter came over, I'm going to Europe next month! Thank you Alice. Now as I was saying, you'll need to call payroll to get those figures.
See also: saying

it goes without saying

It is unambiguous, perfectly clear, or self-evident that; to be already widely acknowledged, established, or accepted that. I know it goes without saying, but the staff restrooms are not to be used by students or visitors. It should go without saying, but you will receive an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on the exam.
See also: goes, saying, without

say a lot about (something)

To be very indicative of something. Anyone can be a gracious winner, but the way you handle yourself when you lose says a lot about your character.
See also: lot, say

say boo

To say nothing at all. No one said boo when I asked for dinner suggestions, so I don't want to hear any complaints about what I made.
See also: boo, say

say the word

To ask for help or for a favor. The phrase typically indicates one's willingness to help someone else on command. Just say the word and I'll be there, any time you need me.
See also: say, word

as I was saying

 and like I was saying
to repeat what I've been saying; to continue with what I was saying. (The first form is appropriate in any conversation. The second form is colloquial, informal, and familiar. In addition, this use of like for as, in the second form, is objected to by many people.) Bill: Now, Mary, this is one of the round ones that attaches to the wire here. Bob (passing through the room): Hello, you two! I'll talk to you later. Bill: Yeah, see you around. Now, as I was saying, Mary, this goes here on this wire. Tom: I hate to interrupt, but someone's car is being broken into down on the street. Fred: As I was saying, these illegal practices must stop.
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(Do you) know what I 'm saying?

 and You know what I'm saying?; (Do you) know what I mean?; You know what I mean?
Do you understand me?; Do you agree? Sue: This is, like, really great! You know what I'm saying? Mary: Yeah, I've been there. It's great.
See also: know, what

I hear what you're saying, and I hear you.

 
1. I know exactly what you mean! John: The prices in this place are a bit steep. Jane: Man, I hear you! Bill: I think it's about time for the whole management team to resign! Andrew: I hear what you're saying.
2. an expression indicating that the speaker has been heard, but implying that there is no agreement. Tom: Time has come to do something about that ailing dog of yours. Mary: I hear what you're saying. Jane: It would be a good idea to have the house painted. John: I hear what you're saying.
See also: and, hear, what

(It) (just) goes without saying.

Cliché [something] is so obvious that it need not be said. It goes without saying that you are to wear formal clothing to the White House dinner. Of course you must be on time. That goes without saying.
See also: goes, saying, without

say the word

to give a signal to begin; to say yes or okay. I'm ready to start any time you say the word. We'll all shout "Happy Birthday!" when I say the word.
See also: say, word

go without saying

Be self-evident, a matter of course. For example, It goes without saying that success is the product of hard work. This expression is a translation of the French cela va sans dire. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: saying, without

it goes without saying

COMMON You say it goes without saying to mean that something is obviously true. It goes without saying that if someone has lung problems they should not smoke. It goes without saying that you will be my guest until you leave for Africa.
See also: goes, saying, without

say the word

give permission or instructions to do something.
See also: say, word

go without saying

be too well known or obvious to need to be mentioned.
See also: saying, without

there is no saying

it is impossible to know.
See also: saying, there

there’s no ˈknowing/ˈsaying/ˈtelling...

it is impossible to know/say/tell: There is no telling what he may do when he gets angry.There’s no saying what will happen.
See also: knowing, saying

if you ˌdon’t mind me/my ˈsaying so...

(spoken) used when you are going to criticize somebody or say something that might upset them: That colour doesn’t really suit you, if you don’t mind my saying so.
See also: if, mind, saying

(just) say the ˈword

used to show that you are willing and ready to do something as soon as somebody asks: If you need any help, just say the word.
See also: say, word

it ˌgoes without ˈsaying (that...)

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that ˌgoes without ˈsaying

it is obvious, already known or natural (that...): Of course I’ll visit you in hospital. It goes without saying!‘You realize that this is a very responsible job, don’t you?’ ‘Yes, that goes without saying.’
See also: goes, saying, without

it’s/that’s not ˈsaying much, etc.

used to show that what you have just said is not particularly remarkable or impressive: She’s a better player than me, but that’s not saying much (= because I’m a very bad player).
See also: not, saying

I hear what you are saying

1. and I hear you. sent. I know what you are trying to say. Yes, yes. I hear what you are saying, and I’m with you.
2. sent. I understand your position, but I am under no obligation to agree. (Can be used to avoid disagreeing and the resulting argument.) I hear you, but it doesn’t matter.
See also: hear, saying, what
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