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spell it out (third-person singular simple present spells it out, present participle spelling it out, simple past and past participle spelled it out or (mostly UK) spelt it out)

  1. (intransitive) To provide a simple and understandable explanation.
    I'm sorry but I can't spell it out for you, because the whole issue is not that simple.
  2. (intransitive) To be explicit, to provide even the obvious details.
    • 1980 December 13, Pat M. Kuras, “Giving The Reasons Why Some Women Kill”, in Gay Community News, volume 8, number 21, page 15:
      The reading public may have difficulty getting past Jones's editorializing. As an example, at one point in the book, Jones declared that [] If the reader has been following Jones's book at all, s/he should be able to pick up that point without having Jones spell it out so blatantly.
    Let me spell it out for you: you are not welcome here.
    This marriage is over, do I have to spell it out?

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