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goes to show

This page is about the conversational phrase goes to show

Meaning

You can say this when something happens that shows a belief really is true.

For example

  • "I got in! I'm studying law!"
    "That's great. Just goes to show anything's possible if you put your mind to it."

  • "The ban on junk food ads got blocked in the Senate."
    "I thought it would. It goes to show how powerful the food lobby is, doesn't it?"

Quick Quiz

Harry was reading the paper. "That's not true!" he said, "Just goes to show you

a. have to read newspapers."

b. can't trust the papers."

c. can trust the media."

Contributor: Matt Errey