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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There are, as the saying goes, eight million stories in the naked city. Vogue, "Saskia de Brauw and Vincent van de Wijngaard Go Off the Grid with a Multimedia Project, Ghosts Don’t Walk in Straight Lines," 8 Nov. 2018 Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva was a colorful guy whose favorite sayings once were compiled and printed on a T-shirt teammates wore. Paul Sullivan,, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018 His predecessor also had put the sayings atop each of the Senate’s calendars. Gillian Mcgoldrick,, "In the Pa. Senate, every day starts with a witty ditty," 12 July 2018 There’s an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. Washington Post,, "Republicans berate deputy attorney general, demand that he end Russia probe," 29 June 2018 An old saying has it that a Belgian boy is born with a bicycle between his legs. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of saying

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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