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suffice (it) to say

In short; in summary; it is enough to say. Often followed by "that." I won't go into the details of our conversation, but suffice it to say that Bob won't be coming back on Monday. There were a lot of unexpected hurdles in the application process, and the whole thing turned out to be a lot more complex than we anticipated. Anyway, suffice to say, we were granted planning permission for the new office in the end.
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suffice for (someone or something)

1. To be adequate, satisfactory, or well suited to some particular purpose. A gift voucher really won't suffice for an anniversary present, Mary. This place will suffice for a temporary office while our building is being renovated.
2. To meet or satisfy someone's needs, desires, or demands. I really don't need anything elaborate for lunch. A bowl of soup and a ham and cheese sandwich would suffice for me. A steady job and a house in the suburbs may suffice for some people, but I crave more adventure in my life!
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suffice for someone or something

to be sufficient for someone or something. This serving will suffice for me. Did you get enough? Will this suffice for you?
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suffice it to say

It is enough to say this and no more, as in Suffice it to say that the judge was furious when the invitation was withdrawn. [Late 1600s]
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suffice (it) to say (that)...

(formal) used for saying that you could say much more about somebody/something but you do not want or need to: I won’t tell you all that was said at the meeting. Suffice it to say that they approved our plan.
Suffice it here means ‘it is enough’.
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suffice it to say

It should be enough to state the following. This phrase, indicating that what follows is all that should be said about something, dates from the seventeenth century. John Dryden used it in St. Evremont’s Miscellaneous Essays (1692): “It suffices to say that Xanthippus becoming the manager of affairs, altered extremely the Carthaginian Army.”
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Suffice it to say that it makes sense to approach the subject in a progressive, step-by-step manner--just as you approach the teaching of a piece of printed music.
The Chronicle described the product as "flashy without being trashy, metallic without the glitz and so thick, one coat will suffice." Del Laboratories, manufacturer of Sally Hansen, said consumers have been purchasing the product on eBay for twice its suggested price of $4.50.
According to the court, the assertion that a particular officer may be unsatisfactorily trained does not alone "suffice to fasten ??
(I prefer a folktale to have some hint of a treasurable moral I can carry like a keepsake.) However, for the reader who is content with even the smallest dose of a folktale, these stories will suffice.
I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say Donald's cancer caught him by surprise and he deteriorated rapidly.
Suffice it to say that his determination to maintain contact with Palestine drove him back to Ramallah and Bir Zeit University where he worked in his later years on improving the educational standards of Arab schools in the nascent state of his homeland.
Suffice it to say that we would have preferred less government intervention into our self-regulatory process, and that we indeed have concerns with certain areas of the rule.
EPA agreed to defer the notification requirements and, instead, will allow completion of the information collection request forms under the independent review to suffice. The industry agreed to hold the legal challenge in obeyance while the separate efforts are being undertaken.
No longer will spaghetti and hot dogs suffice as food service; no longer will campers accept antiquated plumbing; no longer do summer huts suffice as housing.
Each American reactor has been equipped with two back-up diesel generators, which would suffice for short power outages.
"An immense and ever-increasing wealth of knowledge is scattered about the world today -- [information] that would probably suffice to solve all the mighty difficulties of our age -- but it is dispersed and unorganized.
One hallmark of successful leadership in the future will be the ability to create and sustain a coherent vision of a highly differentiated and ever-changing service enterprise, an answer to the question, "What are we all doing here...now?" The overly simplistic answers of the past decade, "getting ready for managed care" or "contracting with managed care" will no longer suffice. The most successful physician leaders in the years ahead will possess the clarity to identify key differential advantages, the will and wisdom to support them, and the ability to blend them into a coherent vision that keeps people working together in a common direction.
Without going into detail, suffice it to say that the forthcoming Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) means that providers will have to change their philosophy of care from "more is better" to "more appropriate is better." With the projected five-year "savings" built in ($16 billion for home care, $9 billion for skilled nursing care), providers will have to find more cost-efficient ways to do everything, with zero tolerance of waste, and they will have to be creative in identifying new patient needs that will inevitably arise and finding ways to meet them.
The examples are far too many to list here, but perhaps a few with suffice.
But suffice it to say that his proposals put the tax system back where it belongs -- a far simpler system that doesn't stray too far from common sense, and takes us where we need to go in light of the demographic and fiscal policy challenges that lie ahead.