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Explain or discuss something at excessive or unnecessary length.
overemphasize, belabour, overstress, lay too much emphasis on, place too much emphasis on, overdo, strain, over-elaborate, overplay, attach too much importance to, attach too much weight to, make too much of, exaggerate, dwell on, expound on, expandView synonyms
- ‘This labours the point, and I apologise for doing so, but none offer an alternative to our current position.’
- ‘In my own writings, I have always laboured the point that beer can be used in many different ways: as a marinade, in braising, sauces, batters, doughs, and so forth.’
- ‘If I am labouring the point it is for a reason.’
- ‘In these books she laboured the point tenaciously that women were superior in all things.’
- ‘The council labours the point that the benchmark return for a company is the ‘risk-free’ return shareholders could earn on their investment.’
- ‘Without laboring the point too much, your duties as a responsible tourist continue after you have returned home.’
- ‘It would be labouring the point, perhaps, to point out that most towns have at least one small gallery.’
- ‘At the risk of laboring the point, we believe, high morale is the cornerstone of any successful organization.’
- ‘I made this choice because the charts labored the point and didn't add anything to the book's content.’
- ‘It was simply that the play rather laboured the point at times and was, in truth, simply too long.’
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