state the obvious

idiom

: to tell people things they already know
She accused me of stating the obvious.

Examples of state the obvious in a Sentence

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“State the obvious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state%20the%20obvious. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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