preach to the choir


chiefly US
: to speak for or against something to people who already agree with one's opinions
The speeches he makes to his supporters won't win him any more votes. He's just preaching to the choir.

Examples of preach to the choir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea isn’t to preach to the choir, but to casually introduce the key issues to new audiences in a fresh and occasionally profane way. David Vetter, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Of course, the center's presenters mostly preach to the choir during its sessions, but for those audience members who go intending to become informed, they are being taken advantage of. Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 The goal of the Democratic impeachment managers should not be to preach to the choir but rather to appeal to that 29 percent of Republicans who recognize that Trump is, at least, partly to blame for January 6. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2021 In past years, parties looked to their conventions as a way to essentially preach to the choir. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 18 Aug. 2020 Nature or conservation films generally preach to the choir, so very little change comes about. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2017

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