say it all

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say it all (third-person singular simple present says it all, present participle saying it all, simple past and past participle said it all)

  1. (idiomatic) To express the essential characteristics of a person, thing, or situation in a concise, well-crafted turn of phrase or in some other pithy manner.[1]

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  1. ^ Cf. William Safire (New York Times, May 20, 1984): "To say it all means ‘to reveal the essence’ or ‘to signal the bottom line,’ as if what small amount has been said or shown is a synecdoche for all that could possibly exist on the subject."