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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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This history of a complex urban society speaks volumes about the struggles black Atlantans endured to reach their gods of achievement.
I think it speaks volumes that the artist, her label and/or her management continue to bend over backward to distance Clark from such a large percentage of her fan base.
Yet, several key professional issues related to this crisis extend well beyond oral health disease and treatment--how the nation's health care system and health care professionals respond to this epidemic speaks volumes about the typical responses to a long list of anticipated health care crises we may witness over the next two decades as our population ages.
Census Bureau reported that people of Hispanic origin had become the nation's largest race or ethnic minority, a fact that speaks volumes about the marketing potential for insurers, but very little about cultivating that potential.
Her resolute and strong, but shallow, characters play off of the real figures of Irish history in a way that speaks volumes for Llywelyn's historical knowledge.
Solzhenitsyn's praise for Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB man presiding over a blatant rollback of Russia's fledgling democracy, speaks volumes regarding the esteem in which he holds liberty.
"EMC's participation in this program speaks volumes for the combined value EMC and McDATA continue to deliver our mutual customers."
James Dunn, president of the Chamber of Commerce and one of the breakfast co-chairs, added, 'Today's record crowd speaks volumes about Hope in the Cities' practical framework of principles and their impact on the lives of so many in this community.'
So as Equiano and all African American authors who followed him until well into the twentieth century felt the necessity to undergo a similar exercise in authentification, the precedent set by Wheatley's frontispiece, however it came into being, speaks volumes. And perhaps it should go without saying, how much easier for a free man than for an enslaved woman!
The real reason for this communique is your editorial, "Reflections." It speaks volumes.
All Colin Lee's close-season signings are quality and the fact that none of these cost a transfer fee speaks volumes for the way Walsall go about their business.
That such a publication should emanate from the President of India's Secretariat speaks volumes about the wisdom and civilization of India.
Frankly, in my opinion, it speaks volumes about the quality, guts, and heart of the ARMA organization.
That, of course, speaks volumes for the role of ethics in the company's corporate culture, especially when you consider that the board is supposed to act as the organization's ethical conscience.