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 Many also believe the lyrics are connected to a saying by Confederate Army Commander Robert E. Lee. Valeria Olivares, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021 There’s a popular saying that the best apology is changed behavior and that is absolutely true. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Poetry, the famous saying has it, is emotion recollected in tranquility; comedy is indignation reanimated with style, pain, and annoyance, forced to wear a funny hat and perform. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2021 School boards across the nation have learned firsthand the old saying: Never get between a mother bear and her cub. Wilfred M. Mcclay, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 There’s a saying that Elmore Smith remembers his mother always telling him growing up in Macon, Georgia. Phillip Steinmetz, The Courier-Journal, 6 Aug. 2021 Brittany Muszynski remembers the old saying about all brides being beautiful. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 The saying was coined in 1840 and referred to observers noting the frequency of Maine’s September gubernatorial election in predicting the presidential winner of that year. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 30 July 2021 And with Sankey saying games missed for COVID-19 outbreaks won’t be made up this year, staying healthy could have a direct impact on the win-loss record. Michael Casagrande |, al, 22 July 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Saying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 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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