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    What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    Hi. Could anyone kindly suggest an idiom for 'making something clear beyond a shadow of doubt', 'putting an end to a debate' or 'making a categorical statement'? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    Maybe "make it crystal clear​".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    Thank you. This is quite good. Would "making the air clear" also work, do you think?

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    #4

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    Quote Originally Posted by arbit View Post
    Thank you. This is quite good. Would "making the air clear" also work, do you think?
    No. You may be thinking of clear the air,​ but that has a different meaning.
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    #5

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    How about "let me spell it out"?
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    #6

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    If you're being sarcastic, you could say "Let me explain it in words of one syllable".
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    #7

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you're being sarcastic, you could say "Let me explain it in words of one syllable".
    And what does it mean? How is it possible to explain something in words of one syllable?
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    #8

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    It means that you say you will just use short words so that they will know what it means. Like these words I've used here

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    #9

    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    When you say Let me explain it in words of one syllable, you're insultingly implying that the person you're talking to isn't smart enough to understand longer words. It's very impolite.
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    Re: What idiom to use for 'make very clear'

    That's why I suggested that it could be used if you were being sarcastic.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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