preach to the choir

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preach to the choir

  1. (idiomatic) To speak as if to convince a person or group of something they already believe.
    • 1999, Frank Pellegrini, "Now the Tax Cut Is in the Hands of the Voters," Time, 6 Aug.:
      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."

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  • Often used to imply that a speaker is addressing the wrong audience or is deliberately addressing a compliant, non-challenging audience.



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