speak volumes

speak volumes
speak volumes phrase
to provide a lot of information, especially in an indirect way

His silence on the issue speaks volumes.

Thesaurus: to tell someone something, or to give informationsynonym
Main entry: speak

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(of a gesture, circumstance, or object) convey a great deal

a look that spoke volumes

be good evidence for

his record speaks volumes for his determination

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speak volumes — see volume
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Main Entry:speak
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speak volumes
: to provide a lot of information about something : to show something very clearly

The company's decision to ignore the problem speaks volumes [=says a lot] about its lack of leadership.

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Main Entry:volume

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • speak volumes — {v. phr.} To tell or show much in a way other than speaking; be full of meaning. * /The nice present she gave you spoke volumes for what she thinks of you./ * /A child s choice of hobbies speaks volumes./ Compare: READ BETWEEN THE LINES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak volumes — {v. phr.} To tell or show much in a way other than speaking; be full of meaning. * /The nice present she gave you spoke volumes for what she thinks of you./ * /A child s choice of hobbies speaks volumes./ Compare: READ BETWEEN THE LINES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak volumes — If something speaks volumes, it tells us a lot about the real nature of something or someone,even though it may only be a small detail …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • speak volumes — ► speak volumes convey a great deal without using words. Main Entry: ↑speak …   English terms dictionary

  • speak volumes (about something) — speak ˈvolumes (about/for sth/sb) idiom to tell you a lot about sth/sb, without the need for words • His achievement speaks volumes for his determination. • What you wear speaks volumes about you. Main entry: ↑speakidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak volumes (for something) — speak ˈvolumes (about/for sth/sb) idiom to tell you a lot about sth/sb, without the need for words • His achievement speaks volumes for his determination. • What you wear speaks volumes about you. Main entry: ↑speakidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak volumes (about somebody) — speak ˈvolumes (about/for sth/sb) idiom to tell you a lot about sth/sb, without the need for words • His achievement speaks volumes for his determination. • What you wear speaks volumes about you. Main entry: ↑speakidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak volumes (for somebody) — speak ˈvolumes (about/for sth/sb) idiom to tell you a lot about sth/sb, without the need for words • His achievement speaks volumes for his determination. • What you wear speaks volumes about you. Main entry: ↑speakidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak volumes — speak a lot, talk a great deal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • speak volumes — if something speaks volumes, it makes a situation very clear without the use of words. He refused to comment on reports of his dismissal, but his furious expression spoke volumes. (never in continuous tenses) What we wear speaks volumes about our …   New idioms dictionary

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