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Archaic a type of fine woollen fabric

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A human may "say" things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, say "ls -l"." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a "sentence").

A computer may "say" things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.
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A club statement said: "It goes without saying that Tommy will receive every possible support from the club and his many, many friends within the game.
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Dessert is homemade ice cream: "The most popular flavors, it goes without saying, are strawberry and chocolate.
It goes without saying that this volume is also essential reading for Jews still nursing old enmities, or who may be reluctant to participate in dialogue out of frustration over past attempts.
It goes without saying that you avoid fur, leather, suede, and possibly wool, but have you ever thought about the cotton you don?
It goes without saying that our first priority has to be safety, and so in the case of weapons we must take a hard line.
It goes without saying that history made this personal is the greatest rebuttal to the lies that motivate genocide.
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It goes without saying that the program first checks whether data has already been stored and so prevents any data loss.
It goes without saying that Stiller has chosen the easiest of targets to lampoon, and certainly never veers far from the stereotype of models as idiots.
It goes without saying that we feel every company who entered deserves credit for putting themselves in a program where customers vote -- a challenge that many other vendors in the industry would not entertain
It goes without saying that you should always have your cell phone turned on so the office and friends can reach you.