say·​ing | \ ˈsā-iŋ How to pronounce saying (audio) \

Definition of saying

: something said especially : adage

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Examples of saying in a Sentence

there's an old saying that you should let sleeping dogs lie
Recent Examples on the Web There is an old saying that doctors and morticians bury their mistakes, architects cover theirs with ivy, but a journalist’s mistakes are there for the world to see, and that certainly has been true of The Republic. John D'anna, azcentral, "The Arizona Republic at 130 years old: 'First, last and all the time a newspaper'," 19 May 2020 There’s an old saying that a rising tide lifts all boats. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Harker: U.S. Economy Recovery Likely to Be Uneven," 12 May 2020 An old saying posits that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The Science of Losing Battles," 9 Jan. 2020 And, like the old saying, each offers different strokes for different folks. Sarah Wesley Lemire,, "Aloha spirit in Hawaii: Maui and Kauai a perfect pairing," 12 Dec. 2019 There’s an old saying about the city and county of San Francisco. Carl Nolte,, "There’s a San Francisco city — and a San Francisco county. Here’s where to see the county," 26 Oct. 2019 As the saying goes, the disruptor of your disruptor is your friend. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Radio Wave Breakthrough Helps Stabilize Fusion Reactions," 7 May 2020 As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Yaqiu Wang, Quartz, "Falling for China’s fake Covid-19 news was a dangerous and preventable mistake," 30 Apr. 2020 As the saying goes, in Communism, people wait for bread; in capitalism, bread waits for people. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Want Toilet Paper in an Epidemic?," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of saying

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saying was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Saying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of saying

: an old and well-known phrase that expresses an idea that most people believe is true


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