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that goes without saying
What was just said is or should be unambiguous, perfectly clear, or self-evident; what was just said is or should be already widely acknowledged, established, or accepted. A: "If we're going to be handling hazardous materials, then everyone must wear protective clothing and equipment." B: "Of course, that goes without saying." You will receive an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on the exam—that goes without saying.
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goes without saying, it/that
It/that is a matter of course, so generally accepted that it need not be stated at all. This expression, which often is followed by exactly what supposedly need not be said, is a translation of the French proverb Cela va sans dire, which at first was directly adopted into English and later was translated (in the last half of the nineteenth century). “It goes without saying that the books are not ordinary ones,” appeared in an issue of a literary journal in 1897.
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