no shit, Sherlock

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A reference to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, pretending that the interlocutor has just made a great deduction.

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no shit, Sherlock

  1. (vulgar, colloquial, sarcastic, somewhat derogatory) A riposte to someone who has just said something obvious.
    • 1976, Emmett Grogan, Final Score, page 264:
      "No shit, Sherlock. Take another look, see how they come to be bent."
    • 2006, Barry Morgan, Never Tell Them You're Dying, page 127:
      My copilot uttered, "I think we are headed for the bridge." No shit, Sherlock.
    • 2019 August 31, Arwa Mahdawi, “All the single ladies have been an economic force for a long time – marketers are just noticing”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      I also find it a little bizarre that, in 2019, we are still seeing reports with names like “Rise of the SHEconomy” which point out that investing in female-focussed brands is probably a good idea. No SHEeet Sherlock!
    • 2024 June 5, Tyne Logan, Tom Saunders, “As 12 months of record heat stack up, scientists unpack the impacts around the globe”, in ABC News (Australia)[2]:
      The latest line of heat records has been met with a response that climate scientists have made many times before. They say to stop records from tumbling the world needs to stop burning coal, oil, and natural gas. "It's a, 'No shit Sherlock,' moment," Dr Perkins Kirkpatrick said.

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