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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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Nina Demartini-Day, a principal of ddm development and services and of the Gateway development team added that: "attracting a tenant from Midtown speaks volumes about the positive changes that are rapidly occurring in the Harlem community.
This lease speaks volumes about the vitality and appeal of the World Trade Center, and of Downtown Manhattan," Boyle said.