suffice (it) to say

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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 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It is enough to say this and no more, as in Suffice it to say that the judge was furious when the invitation was withdrawn.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 Davis has plenty to work with when he sets out to prove that this is no place for humankind to make itself at home.
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.
Without getting too technical, suffice it to say that each new generation is more powerful--that is, faster and able to do more tasks--than its predecessor.
Suffice it to say that since then, things haven't been the same between my father and me.
Suffice it to say that the cumulative effect is at once mind-bending, heartrending, and profound.
Suffice it to say that, with only 36 hours of rain over the course of the whole festival (an unheard of streak of good weather), it did seem like the gods were watching over this year's event.
Suffice it to say that the reader leaves A Civil Action convinced that a courtroom is almost never a logical place to go if you want to solve society's problems, even when justice is on your side.
It wouldn't be fair to give too much away, but suffice it to say that the usual sort of suddenly revealed secrets is made spicier by the revelation of a lesbian affair or two.
Suffice it to say that Vedova Mazzei often present themselves as two amused adolescents who are somewhat repressed and therefore attracted to anything that might seem transgressive, but the effect is a mockery of behavioral patterns that draws on our deepest scatological and libidinal impulses.
Suffice it to say that in 1989 a strain of Ebola, the more terrifying of the two diseases, found its way into a Reston, Virginia, warehouse via a shipment of monkeys from the Philippines, causing a mild panic within the medical community.
Suffice it to say that the results, as of this writing at least, suggest an almost total indifference to the basics of graphic design, never mind the demands of the public space.
Suffice it to say that if the future of my party lies with these three, then make mine vanilla.
Suffice it to say that despite their vows to the contrary, these ultramodern lovebirds could no more keep from quarreling than Lucy Ricardo could keep from breaking any promise she made to Ricky.
Peter Schjeldahl actually claims him as "my hero" in a jacket blurb, while Christopher Knight, in another, displays only the faintest punitive streak in extolling this "immensely important little book." As for me, suffice it to say that I'll read anything he writes.
Suffice it to say that no outside agency has estimated what the program would cost, and USDA doesn't seem to want them to.