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 Anything can happen on a rainy night in Stoke, as the saying goes, or a blustery one in Leicester. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Soccer Is Broken. The European Super League Proves It.," 20 Apr. 2021 As the saying goes, God gives his hardest battles to His strongest warriors. Essence, "Remy Ma Is Disrupting Her Negative Reputation and Recreating Her Narrative on TV One’s ‘Uncensored’," 16 Apr. 2021 That’s how the saying usually goes, even with the Overwatch League. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Lone Star Showdown: Dallas Fuel, Houston Outlaws have much to gain in the Overwatch League’s season opener," 15 Apr. 2021 While there’s no saying for certain, evidence suggests NFTs will only become more and more widespread. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "Non-Fungible Tokens 101: A Primer On NFTs For Brands & Business Professionals," 28 Feb. 2021 One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the saying goes, and that is doubly true for one of the most unexpected casualties of the pandemic: jumbo-jet engines. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, "Boat of the Week: This Wild 427-Foot Superyacht Concept Uses Recycled Jumbo-Jet Engines for Power," 16 Apr. 2021 Time, as the old saying goes, is money, and boy has this time cost us a lot of money. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Time to Mann Up," 18 Mar. 2021 As the old saying goes: When in doubt, toss it out. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, "How Long Can You Store Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Fridge?," 14 Mar. 2021 But in terms of making a fuss, as the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. Fortune, "Texas’ big bad pain in the neck," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of saying

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Saying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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