speak volumes

speak volumes

To reveal or indicate a great deal about someone or something. How you react to challenges speaks volumes about your character. He didn't answer the question directly, but his response speaks volumes. Her choice of dress for the event spoke volumes.
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speak volumes

Fig. [for something that is seen] to reveal a great deal of information. The unsightly yard and unpainted house speaks volumes about what kind of people live there.
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speak volumes

Be significant, indicate a great deal, as in That house of theirs speaks volumes about their income. This idiom uses volumes in the sense of "the information contained in volumes of books." [c. 1800]
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speak volumes

COMMON If something speaks volumes, it gives you a lot of information about the true facts of a situation. What you wear speaks volumes about you. Her background, while speaking volumes about her business skills, could not convince the arts world that she was part of it. Note: In this expression, a `volume' is a book.
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speak volumes

1 (of a gesture, circumstance, or object) convey a great deal. 2 be good evidence for.
2 1998 New Scientist It was a minor scandal… but it spoke volumes about the world's shifting relationship with its favourite illicit drug.
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speak ˈvolumes (about/for somebody/something)

show or express a lot about the nature or quality of somebody/something: Her face spoke volumes. You could see how much she had suffered.The progress he’s made since the operation speaks volumes for his courage.
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speak volumes, to

To say a great deal about something, to be very expressive on a subject. In this hyperbolic phrase, what is being said is likened to an entire book. It dates from about 1800 and continues to be current. M. Wilmot used it in a letter of May 3, 1803, “A sentimental story that speaks Volumes in favour of the Count and his Daughter.”
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References in classic literature ?
Two letters have passed between these parties, letters which are admitted to be in the handwriting of the defendant, and which speak volumes, indeed.
'The numbers speak volumes of the confidence of the international community on the human rights record of the Duterte administration and its vision of keeping each and every Filipino safe and secure,' Cayetano said.
The present highest foreign exchange reserves in Pakistan's history speak volumes of the success of the government's economic policies.
Just looking at the development of the 'pimp your weapon' system, the layers of additional depth here speak volumes about how all areas have been fine-tuned - from the eye-popping disaster movie setting to stronger partner AI and a much better multiplayer mode.
Julian Grocock, the society's chief executive, said: "These are impressive figures that speak volumes for the talent of small brewers."
But doesn't it also speak volumes about ingrained stereotypical prejudices?
Bradley's legacy continues to speak volumes to many aspiring black journalists.
Beck Ag partner, Margaret Oldham says the numbers speak volumes when it comes to explaining the strength offered the entire channel through word of mouth marketing strategies.
Your look in class and rehearsal can speak volumes. Many dancers turn to their idols for inspiration in style as well as performance.
For the past two decades I've been a denizen of these wonderful repositories of culture that speak volumes about life and living there.
If anyone wanted to explore the intricate differences between the male and female psyches, the plethora of articles we received on nurturing the female body and the single piece, by request, on male sexual health speak volumes about feminine and masculine priorities.
A firm's price creates an acoustic effect in the marketplace, which over the long term will speak volumes about the firm and its level of self-esteem.
Daley said businesses look at what a city has to offer before making any major decision and future growth and development speak volumes.
The many tributes from other celebrities speak volumes about this lovely young woman who lived her life and bore the pain of her illness with dignity.
Blige, Mos Def and Prince are snapped by a host of photographers who capture both the in-your-face attitude and rhythm of a culture and a generation that speak volumes.