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better left unsaid

This phrase emphasizes that something should not be mentioned, usually because it is offensive, inappropriate, or problematic. Yeah, your romantic feelings for the groom are definitely better left unsaid! I hope you know that sexist comments like that are better left unsaid.
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better left unsaid

[refers to a topic that] should not be discussed; [refers to a thought that] everyone is thinking, but would cause difficulty if talked about in public. (A typical beginning for this phrase might be It is, That is, The details are, or even Some things are. See the examples.) Mary: I really don't know how to tell you this. Bob: Then don't. Maybe it's better left unsaid. Bill: I had such a terrible fight with Sally last night. I can't believe what I said. Bob: I don't need to hear all about it. Some things are better left unsaid.
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The Oxnard Public Library screening will be the first time viewers will be able to see the entire second episode of Things Left Unsaid, which was crowdfunded using IndieGoGo last year.
There are numerous references to a Conservative-led council, but the c-word is left unsaid while the poor old Lib Dems fail to warrant a single mention.
However, the notion of the unsaid, as much as it is fascinating, and indeed central in the discussion of literature, is elusive and open to interpretation; hence, it must be pinned down.
It will protect those who report bias that would otherwise go unsaid or unheeded.
The two governments released a joint declaration that made explicit what has long been left unsaid in their thinking about regional security.
I just let myself be dazzled by the lights, recalling one of Wyn Evans's favorite sayings (and the title of an excellent concurrent exhibition of his work at the List): "Thoughts unsaid, now forgotten .
There is plenty of guilt to go around--mostly for the things left undone and unsaid because it always seems less complicated that way.
What Botti leaves unsaid is that the failure of a few APUs on production vehicles could probably be taken in stride, but if motorists were left stranded by malfunctioning SOFC units, widespread adoption of the technology could be doomed.
Also, I resolve to live this day to the fullest--as a husband and a father, in my life's work, and in my own personal pilgrimage--leaving no stone unturned and nothing left unsaid.
Primo Levi, Cesare Pavese, Natalia Ginzburg, and Francesca Sanvitale are at the center of Nicoletta Simborowski's study of the poetics of the unsaid that aims to demonstrate that "aspects of the text that were omitted within the structure of what had ostensibly been selected" (1) yield important information and reveal new layers of meaning.
His writing cuts to the bone and leaves no important detail unsaid, while no extraneous flourishes obscure his meaning.
But Heath was unmoved and the words remained unsaid.
Indeed, as Levins definition of secret scheming suggests, analyzing its use in plays is to a large extent a matter of making the unsaid explicit.
Unsaid and Understood The original American Idol top 10 Finalist sings with true passion and bracing maturity--his "So Deep" is so dirty even Xtina would blush.