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Ways of saying that something is obvious or known - thesaurus

Synonyms

of course

adverb

used for saying something that you think someone probably already knows or will not be surprised about

naturally

adverb

as most people would expect or understand

evidently

adverb

used for saying that something is obvious

obviously

adverb

mainly spoken used for emphasizing that you know people already know or understand what you are talking about

it goes without saying (that)

used when you think that someone will already know what you are going to tell them because it is so obvious

needless to say

used for saying that something is already known or understood

it stands to reason (that)

used for saying that something is obvious because it is what most sensible people would expect

as you know

used when you are saying something that someone already knows

you (only) have to do something

used for saying that a fact becomes obvious as soon as you do something

need I say more?

used for saying that something is so obvious that it is not necessary to give more details about the reason for it

nuff said

very informal used for saying that no further comment is necessary

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any fool

used for saying that anyone at all can do or understand something because it is very easy or obvious

I’ll give you three guesses

used for saying that someone has to try and guess something, because you will not tell them, often because the answer is very obvious

ipso facto

adverb

formal used for showing that something is true or obvious because of a fact that has just been mentioned

natch

adverb

spoken used for showing that you think someone probably already knows what you are saying or that you think something is obvious

need you ask?

used for saying that there is an obvious answer to the question that someone has asked you

not leave much/leave little to the imagination

to show or describe so much of something that people do not have to imagine what the rest is like. This expression is used especially for talking about sex or about people who show parts of their bodies

use your imagination

used for telling someone that the answer to a question is very obvious and does not need to be given

you can guess

used for saying that it is very obvious what happened or what is going to happen

you don’t have to be a genius

used for saying that something is obvious

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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