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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It is enough to say this and no more, as in Suffice it to say that the judge was furious when the invitation was withdrawn.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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"It would have sufficed"; "it would have been enough"; "we can imagine a point at which we would have been satisfied"except that as a people we are never satisfied.
In support of its conclusion that the sale qualified as an involuntary conversion, the Service stated that the threat or imminence of Conversion or both by the government sufficed for Sec.
Too often the reader is taken on lengthy tangential forays when a paragraph would have sufficed. As a result, the book loses its momentum when points, though interesting and relevant, are taken too far from the original narrative.
But most researchers believed that each type of organism swallowed only organisms less advanced than itself and that a single organelle takeover sufficed over the evolutionary long run.
Although that may have sufficed if the rolls and material in the cross-section were cool enough, it is not sufficient for more flexible systems designed to handle various material thicknesses, he claims.
All five dancers performed with elegance, amplitude and little weight or edge; it was both flat and mystifying to the audience, which was equally flummoxed by Guerin's Bessie Award--winning--Two Lies, a work that makes a statement about the condition of women in a long paragraph--twenty-five minutes--when three sentences would have sufficed.
Not content with the painstaking crossbreeding that once sufficed as agriculture, Monsanto has dug a little deeper for their high-tech spuds, putting their special genius to work at the cellular level and conducting transgenic gymnastics with the unsuspecting tuber.