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dare I say it

FORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase dare I say it

Meaning

You can say this just before saying something that your listeners may not like, or may find challenging or controversial.

For example

  • The problem started when Ian's interviewer said, "Your latest novel is, dare I say it, not very original."

  • In his speech, Nelson said, "Those who are doing the most harm to our world are, dare I say it, powerful businessmen like you."

Quick Quiz

You can use "dare I say it" if what you're going to say might

a. endanger your listeners

b. interest your listeners

c. upset your listeners

Contributor: Matt Errey