afraid to say

idiom
variants: or sorry to say or regret to say

Definition of afraid to say

used as a way of expressing one's disappointment, regret, or sorrow Most of us worked very hard, but she, I'm afraid to say, did no work at all.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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