What Is Another Way to Say “Harp On”?

Looking for synonyms for harp on? We’ve got you covered!

Here’s a list of other ways to say harp on.

  • Dwell on
  • Belabor
  • Obsess over
  • Overemphasize
  • Reiterate
  • Labor the point
  • Fixate on
  • Pound away at
  • Go on about
  • Hammer away at
  • Rehash
  • Keep on about
  • Ponder repeatedly
  • Chew over
  • Beat a dead horse

Want to learn how to say harp on professionally? Keep reading for examples and use cases.

1. Dwell on

Appropriate Use: Suitable for describing someone who spends a lot of time thinking or talking about a particular topic, often negatively.
Example: “We should not dwell on our competitors’ success but focus on our own strategies.”

2. Belabor

Appropriate Use: Ideal for situations where someone excessively emphasizes or discusses a point.
Example: “There’s no need to belabor the point; we all understand the importance of meeting the deadline.”

3. Obsess Over

Appropriate Use: Used when someone continuously thinks about a certain topic or detail, often excessively.
Example: “It’s unproductive to obsess over every small setback in this project.”

4. Overemphasize

Appropriate Use: Suitable for situations where too much importance or attention is given to a particular subject.
Example: “We must be careful not to overemphasize the risks and ignore the potential benefits.”

5. Reiterate

Appropriate Use: Ideal for repeatedly saying or doing something, often unnecessarily.
Example: “I don’t want to reiterate the instructions, but it’s crucial that everyone understands them.”

6. Labor the Point

Appropriate Use: Used when someone spends too much time making a point, often more than necessary.
Example: “Let’s not labor the point; I believe everyone here grasps the concept.”

7. Fixate on

Appropriate Use: Suitable for focusing intently on something to an excessive degree.
Example: “As a team, we shouldn’t fixate on the problems and neglect finding solutions.”

8. Pound Away at

Appropriate Use: Ideal for persistently and forcefully talking about or addressing an issue.
Example: “He kept pounding away at the budget issues during the meeting, which was not the main agenda.”

9. Go on About

Appropriate Use: Used when someone talks about something at length, often more than is necessary or interesting.
Example: “We understand the challenges; there’s no need to go on about them in every meeting.”

10. Hammer Away at

Appropriate Use: Suitable for persistently emphasizing or discussing a point in a forceful manner.
Example: “The manager hammered away at the sales targets until every team member was aware.”

11. Rehash

Appropriate Use: Ideal for discussing something again without adding any new insights or value.
Example: “Let’s not rehash the details of the previous meetings; instead, let’s focus on new solutions.”

12. Keep on About

Appropriate Use: Used when someone continues to talk about something, often in an annoying manner.
Example: “He keeps on about the importance of punctuality at every team gathering.”

13. Ponder Repeatedly

Appropriate Use: Suitable for thinking about something again and again, often more than necessary.
Example: “There’s no need to ponder repeatedly over the decision; we have already weighed the pros and cons.”

14. Chew Over

Appropriate Use: Ideal for thinking or talking about something at length, without reaching a quick conclusion.
Example: “We have chewed over this strategy for weeks; it’s time to take action.”

15. Beat a Dead Horse

Appropriate Use: Used when someone continues to talk about a topic or issue that has already been thoroughly discussed or resolved.
Example: “Discussing the resolved client issue further is like beating a dead horse; let’s move forward.”

Linda Brown