Goes without saying

Something 'goes without saying' if it's obvious



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“It goes without saying” is something you say when you’re about to say something obvious. The expression means, “I don’t need to say this, but I will anyway.”

You can use this when you’re reminding someone of something they already know (or should know). For example, if you leave your kids with a babysitter, you can tell your kids: “It goes without saying that you’ll do what the babysitter says.”

That means, “I shouldn’t have to tell you, but I’ll remind you anyway: you have to do what the babysitter says.”

In today’s story, we talked about a plane crash in the Amazon jungle. I had already talked about how remote the area was, so you, as a listener, already knew this was far from civilization. But to remind you of that, I said this:

“It goes without saying there are no main highways and that transportation is very difficult.”

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