say·​ing | \ ˈsā-iŋ \

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

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Getty ImagesChristian Vierig As the saying goes, new year, new you, new...bag? Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Handbag Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 One of my favorite sayings of all time is that change is the only constant. Annie Daly, SELF, "11 Fun Fall Foliage Tours That Take Leaf Peeping to the Next Level," 25 Sep. 2018 On popular social media sites like Weibo, tens of thousands of people discussed genuine Chinese sayings that might convey something similar to Trump’s post. Javier C. Hernandez,, "Ivanka Trump quotes a ‘Chinese proverb,’ but China is baffled," 12 June 2018 But even then, there’s no saying that would get the support needed to become more than a proposal. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Congress doesn’t know how Facebook works and other things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony," 12 Apr. 2018 The saying is three makes a trend—but wearing a sweater vest two times in a row still counts as a statement. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ryan Gosling Wore a Sweater Vest Again—This Time, With a Suit," 24 Sep. 2018 So the saying is true: Good things do come in small packages. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This 17th-Century Notebook Made an "Antiques Roadshow" Expert "Tremble"," 3 Apr. 2017 Because, like the saying goes, after a nuclear war, only two species will survive: cockroaches and Cher. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Kimye, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, and More Came Out for The Cher Show’s Opening Night," 4 Dec. 2018 Machado, as the saying goes, responded with his bat. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Manny the Masher, Manny the Miscreant & Macho Manny," 23 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of saying

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


say·​ing | \ ˈsā-iŋ\

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