"say it all" meaning in English

Verb

Forms: says it all [present, simple, singular, third-person], saying it all [participle, present], said it all [participle, past], said it all [past, simple] Audio: En-au-say it all.ogg [Australia]
  1. To express the essential characteristics of a person, thing, or situation in a concise, well-crafted turn of phrase or in some other pithy manner. Tags: idiomatic
    Synonyms (express essential characteristics concisely): nail it Disambiguation of 'express essential characteristics concisely': 88 12 Translations (to sum up the characteristics of someone or thing in a pithy manner.): kua oti te ao (Maori) Disambiguation of 'to sum up the characteristics of someone or thing in a pithy manner.': 86 14
  2. To convey information implicitly in a non-verbal way. Tags: idiomatic
    Synonyms (convey information implicitly): speak volumes Disambiguation of 'convey information implicitly': 8 92 Translations (to convey information implicitly and non-verbally.): boekdelen spreken (Dutch), en dire long (French) Disambiguation of 'to convey information implicitly and non-verbally.': 7 93

Inflected forms

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        {
          "ref": "1987 May 3, Thomas J. Knudson, \"Montana Grapples with High Worker Insurance,\" New York Times (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "\"One Idaho logger told my sons, ‘We're stealing your lunch,’\" said Connie M. Wood, owner of the Topper Wood Trucking Company in Libby. \"That seems to say it all.\""
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          "ref": "2011 Jan. 20, James Poniewozik, \"The Onion's New Fake News Show,\" Time (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "The show's slogan says it all: \"News without mercy.\""
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          "lang": "Maori",
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          "word": "kua oti te ao"
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          "ref": "2004 Feb. 13, Denise Pearson, \"And they say romance is dead...,\" Guardian (UK) (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "The look on his face said it all. He was terrified!"
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          "ref": "2015 May 30, Helen Carson, \"Pic of the week: Downer... Rory struggles on home soil,\" Belfast Telegraph (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "Rory McIlroy looked downcast . . . his body language saying it all, head down and shoulders slumped, he is a picture of bitter disappointment."
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          "ref": "1987 May 3, Thomas J. Knudson, \"Montana Grapples with High Worker Insurance,\" New York Times (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "\"One Idaho logger told my sons, ‘We're stealing your lunch,’\" said Connie M. Wood, owner of the Topper Wood Trucking Company in Libby. \"That seems to say it all.\""
        },
        {
          "ref": "2011 Jan. 20, James Poniewozik, \"The Onion's New Fake News Show,\" Time (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "The show's slogan says it all: \"News without mercy.\""
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        "To express the essential characteristics of a person, thing, or situation in a concise, well-crafted turn of phrase or in some other pithy manner."
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          "ref": "2004 Feb. 13, Denise Pearson, \"And they say romance is dead...,\" Guardian (UK) (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "The look on his face said it all. He was terrified!"
        },
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          "ref": "2015 May 30, Helen Carson, \"Pic of the week: Downer... Rory struggles on home soil,\" Belfast Telegraph (retrieved 4 June 2015)",
          "text": "Rory McIlroy looked downcast . . . his body language saying it all, head down and shoulders slumped, he is a picture of bitter disappointment."
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    {
      "sense": "express essential characteristics concisely",
      "word": "nail it"
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    {
      "sense": "convey information implicitly",
      "word": "speak volumes"
    }
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      "code": "mi",
      "lang": "Maori",
      "sense": "to sum up the characteristics of someone or thing in a pithy manner.",
      "word": "kua oti te ao"
    },
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      "lang": "Dutch",
      "sense": "to convey information implicitly and non-verbally.",
      "word": "boekdelen spreken"
    },
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      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "to convey information implicitly and non-verbally.",
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    }
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