enfoncer une porte ouverte

The French expression “enfoncer une porte ouverte” translates literally to “to break down an open door”.

English meaning:

  • to state the obvious
  • to labor the point
  • to beat a dead horse

French meaning:

  • expliquer quelque chose d’évidentto explain something that’s evident

Example sentence:

  • Pourquoi est-ce que tu enfonce une porte ouverte ? Tout le monde sait qu’on vit la plus grande crise du vingtieme siècle ! Why are you stating the obvious? Everybody known we’re living through the biggest crisis of the twentieth century!

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