stands to reason

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stand to reason

To be a logical or reasonable conclusion or deduction. Given the pace we've been keeping so far, it stands to reason that we'll be able to finish in about three months. Well, it stood to reason that you'd come here after work, so I thought I'd surprise you.
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(it) stands to reason

it is obvious or logical.
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