Ask English Speaking

Is “Cannot be overstated” sloppy writing?

Saying that something “cannot be overstated” is exaggeration and clearly never true, because anything can be overstated. (You just keep repeating that thing to the exclusion of everything else: now it is overstated.)

So is using this phrase sloppy writing, or is it a well-understood phase that no longer means what it appears to mean?

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