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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Then, as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is sometimes another man’s treasure. Mike Bianchi,, "Magic's deal of Bismack Biyombo for Timofey Mozgov is like trading in a lemon for a jalopy," 9 July 2018 Sports makes strange bedfellows as the saying goes. Pete Grathoff And Jason Boatright, kansascity, "A 'Korea, Korea' chant started among Mexico soccer fans at Power & Light District," 27 June 2018 As the old saying goes, this food is 2,000 miles fresher. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Early spring greens and herbs – plus tomatoes, cukes and colorful chard – await you at local markets," 5 June 2018 There's a famous saying about the iconic dancing pair Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, that Ginger did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Art Gallery Dedicated At Cheney Homestead," 21 June 2018 But scientists and others have questioned that level, with some saying that no amount of the chemical is safe to drink. Laura Mccrystal,, "Toxins found in water near Bucks, Montco military bases more harmful than previously reported," 20 June 2018 But, according to a 2016 survey commissioned by the LAPD, African Americans have significantly less trust in police officers than other residents do, with only a third saying that people of all races or ethnicities are treated fairly. James Queally,, "L.A. mayor's pick for LAPD chief is 36-year veteran with deep mastery of crime statistics," 5 June 2018 The Dudes of ‘Insecure’ Go to the Gym culture The Tortured Mind Of Dan Harmon As the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad press—and a thousand memes about a shirt means a thousand sets of eyeballs on Balenciaga. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Balenciaga Is in the Business of Making Memes," 31 May 2018 But the way Trump officials propose to do that is already raising questions on Capitol Hill, with some saying that the administration is seeking to use untested and potentially politicized means to dole out the federal funds. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Trump wants to pass out billions for rural infrastructure. But what counts as ‘rural’?," 1 Mar. 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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