speak volumes




  • Hyphenation: speak vol‧umes


speak volumes ‎(third-person singular simple present speaks volumes, present participle speaking volumes, simple past and past participle spoke volumes)

  1. (idiomatic) To express more than one actually said.
    • 1990, Roy Hollis, Eve, New York, N.Y.: Vantage Press, ISBN 978-0-533-08842-3:
      I waited, anticipating her reply. Her hesitation spoke volumes.
    • 2016 March 27, Daniel Taylor, “Eric Dier seals England’s stunning comeback against Germany”[1], The Guardian, London, archived from the original on 1 April 2016:
      Two-nil down, playing the World Cup winners in Berlin, England’s response spoke volumes for the spirit of togetherness Hodgson has been trying to foster and provided a victory that will be remembered with the kind of fondness usually reserved for the 5–1 win in Munich from an entirely different era.
  2. Usually with about: to extend beyond the immediate topic under discussion.


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