with all due respect

Although I think highly of you, as in With all due respect, you haven't really answered my question, or With all due respect, that account doesn't fit the facts. This phrase always precedes a polite disagreement with what a person has said or brings up a controversial point. [c. 1800]


Nearby words

  1. with,
  2. with a grain of salt,
  3. with a vengeance,
  4. with a view to,
  5. with a will,
  6. with all one's heart,
  7. with an eye to,
  8. with bad grace,
  9. with bated breath,
  10. with bells on

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