you don't say


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you don't say

1. Is that true? (Can be used to express genuine surprise or interest, or else as a general response that doesn't express surprise or interest). A: "My wife's cousin is the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots." B: "You don't say! Have you ever met him?" A: "I found a frog in the river behind the house today, and I decided to keep it as a pet in my treehouse." B: "Hmm, you don't say. Don't bring it into the house."
2. Used as a sarcastic response to something one considers obvious or self-evident. A: "Wow, this place is expensive!" B: "Oh, you don't say. It's almost as if it's the only restaurant in the entire state with three Michelin stars or something."
See also: say

You don't say.

 
1. Inf. a general response to something that someone has said. (Expresses a little polite surprise or interest, but not disbelief.) Bill: I'm starting work on a new job next Monday. Bob: You don't say. Sally: The Jones boys are keeping a pet snake. Alice: You don't say.
2. . Inf. You have just said something that everybody already knows. Bill: I think I'm beginning to put on a little weight. Jane: You don't say. John: My goodness, prices are getting high. Sue: You don't say.
See also: say

you don't say

How surprising, is that true? Also, I find that hard to believe. For example, I've been working on this project for two years.-You don't say, or The man who runs this soup kitchen is a real saint.-You don't say! This expression, a shortening of you don't say so, may be used straightforwardly or ironically. [Late 1800s]
See also: say

you don’t ˈsay!

(spoken, often ironic) used to express surprise: ‘My brother’s an astronaut, you know.’ ‘You don’t say!’‘I was in the Scouts for six years.’ ‘You don’t say.’ (= I’m not interested/surprised).
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"You don't say, `Those Bosnian soldiers are looking mighty fine in their fatigues.'" Mind you, Price didn't work out on the CNN-like competitor because higher-ups said he was "too camp." "I wasn't wearing a feather boa or anything," he says.
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You don't say if your uncle was ever prosecuted for abusing you, but it's never too late to seek justice.
You don't say what his reasons are for being tired all the time - if he has an exhausting job, for example, then there's an obvious reason for it and you need to try to think of practical ways to resolve it.
You don't say if either of you is on medication or having counselling but it would be worth him seeing his doctor again and explaining how he's feeling.
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NAME the artist and song and you could win a prize: It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart Without saying a word you can light up the dark Try as I may I can never explain What I hear when you don't say a thing The smile on your face lets me know that you need me There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me Entries to Rick Fulton, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
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