no shit, Sherlock
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no shit (“an expression of amazement”) + Sherlock (“a fictional detective who makes ingenious deductions”)
An expression of amazement followed by comparing the interlocutor to the detective Sherlock Holmes, as if they have just made a great deduction. This expression is, however, used sarcastically, to point out that the interlocutor merely stated the obvious.
- (vulgar, colloquial, sarcastic, somewhat derogatory) A riposte to someone who has just said something obvious
- 1976, Emmett Grogan, Final Score, page 264:
- "No shit, Sherlock. Take another look, see how they come to be bent."
- 2006, Barry Morgan, Never Tell Them You're Dying, page 127:
- My copilot uttered, "I think we are headed for the bridge." No shit, Sherlock.
a riposte to someone who has just said something obvious
- Said in reply to an obvious statement.
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