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- (idiomatic) To speak as if to convince a person or group of something they already believe.
- 1999 August 6, Frank Pellegrini, “Now the Tax Cut Is in the Hands of the Voters”, in Time:
- Jay Branegan says each side will be preaching to the choir. "Democrats will make the argument that's been successful with their base […] [that] Republicans are merely helping the rich."
- 2023 July 17, Rhymer Rigby, “Sick of this Conservative government? That shouldn’t stop you having Tory friends”, in The Guardian, →ISSN:
- It hardly needs saying that converting a Tory in a swingable “blue wall” constituency is electorally far more valuable than preaching to the choir in a Labour stronghold.
- Often used to imply that a speaker is addressing the wrong audience or is deliberately addressing a complaint to an already sympathetic audience.
speaking to those who already believe