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saying

[sey-ing] /ˈseɪ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
something said, especially a proverb or apothegm.
Idioms
2.
go without saying, to be completely self-evident; be understood:
It goes without saying that you are welcome to visit us at any time.
Origin of saying
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (gerund); see say1, -ing1
Synonyms
1. maxim, adage, saw, aphorism.
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  • Yes,” said Kitty, “but––shall we go without saying good-bye?

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  • He's thinking now that I let him go without saying good-bye!

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  • He felt it hard to go without saying one last farewell to her.

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British Dictionary definitions for go without saying

saying

/ˈseɪɪŋ/
noun
1.
a maxim, adage, or proverb
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Word Origin and History for go without saying

saying

n.

"utterance, recitation, action of the verb 'say,' " c.1300, verbal noun from say (v.); meaning "something that has been said" (usually by someone thought important) is from c.1300; sense of "a proverb" is first attested mid-15c.

Ça va sans dire, a familiar French locution, whose English equivalent might be "that is a matter of course," or "that may be taken for granted." But recently it has become the tendency to translate it literally, "that goes without saying," and these words, though originally uncouth and almost unmeaning to the unpractised ear, are gradually acquiring the exact meaning of the French. [Walsh, 1892]

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Idioms and Phrases with go without saying

go without saying

Be self-evident, a matter of course. For example, It goes without saying that success is the product of hard work. This expression is a translation of the French cela va sans dire. [ Second half of 1800s ]
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