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speak volumes

To reveal or indicate a great deal about someone or something. How you react to challenges speaks volumes about your character. He didn't answer the question directly, but his response speaks volumes. Her choice of dress for the event spoke volumes.
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speak volumes

Fig. [for something that is seen] to reveal a great deal of information. The unsightly yard and unpainted house speaks volumes about what kind of people live there.
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speak volumes

Be significant, indicate a great deal, as in That house of theirs speaks volumes about their income. This idiom uses volumes in the sense of "the information contained in volumes of books." [c. 1800]
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speak volumes

COMMON If something speaks volumes, it gives you a lot of information about the true facts of a situation. What you wear speaks volumes about you. Her background, while speaking volumes about her business skills, could not convince the arts world that she was part of it. Note: In this expression, a `volume' is a book.
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speak volumes

1 (of a gesture, circumstance, or object) convey a great deal. 2 be good evidence for.
2 1998 New Scientist It was a minor scandal… but it spoke volumes about the world's shifting relationship with its favourite illicit drug.
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speak ˈvolumes (about/for somebody/something)

show or express a lot about the nature or quality of somebody/something: Her face spoke volumes. You could see how much she had suffered.The progress he’s made since the operation speaks volumes for his courage.
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Underhill then goes on to describe, using clear diagrams and maps, the tectonic and stratigraphic controls on the development of the oil and gas plays though geological time, with reference to relevant fields described in the volume.
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One of the puzzlers between volume and outcome is that the number of procedures that constitute `high volume' varies tremendously from procedure to procedure," says National Cancer Policy Board member Diana Petitti of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Pasadena, Calif.
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The message of this volume is that integration of the linked tectonic--sedimentological systems leads to far better results and to a more comprehensive understanding of the complex evolution of sedimentary basins.
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This review covers the first four of those volumes to be published, volumes one through three (covering the years 1450-61) and volume eight (covering 1468-71).
Chapter sizes vary from as few as 13 to as many as 169 pages in volume 1, but most number twenty-five to forty-five.
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In any casting method, when an alloy is poured into a mold, it starts to shrink or contract in volume as it cools and subsequently solidifies.
With a powerful surge of activity in the second half of 1993, the private sector doubled its volume of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) issues last year, assuming almost total dominance of a market that once was chiefly the domain of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC).