go without saying

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Calque of French ça va sans dire.

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go without saying (third-person singular simple present goes without saying)

  1. (idiomatic, impersonal) To be obvious, apparent, clear, or already established.
    It goes without saying that our volunteers love their work.
    • 1960 March, G. Freeman Allen, “Europe's most luxurious express - the "Settebello"”, in Trains Illustrated, page 141:
      It almost goes without saying that the train is fully soundproofed, with double-glazed windows and highly efficient air-conditioning by the British firm of J. Stone.

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