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 if you have to ask
clich. если кому-то интересно ("Not that anyone could accuse this city of lacking logophiles—that's 'lovers of words,' if you have to ask. But where could word warriors go to engage in spirited logomachy?" VLZ_58); если честно ("How much does that cost?" "If you have to ask, then you can't afford it." VLZ_58); ты уже ответил на этот вопрос (It may mean, "By asking the question, you've answered the question." For example, "Do these pants make my butt look fat?" If you have to ask... ...then you already know that your butt looks fat in those pants. VLZ_58)
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