Speak Volumes

Welcome to English in Minute!The word volume has many meanings.It can refer to a book or set of books in a series.That definition may help us with this expression:Speak Volumes.Did you see Rob earlier today? I did.He did not look well after the meeting with the boss.I know.He wouldn’t tell me what happened but the look on his face spoke volumes.He was not happy.To speak volumes means to provide a lot of information in an indirect way–and often without words.A facial expression,a tone of voice or some other display can “speak volumes.”Word experts say this expression does indeed come from volumes of books.And that’s English in a minute!

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