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

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Generals, the saying goes, always fight the last war. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trump Wants a Strong Yuan—He May Get It Regardless," 18 Mar. 2019 But as the age-old saying goes, for every kind of pain, there's a meme for that. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Colton Underwood Jumping the Fence Memes to Make You Laugh Through Your Tears," 5 Mar. 2019 The number of suspects varied, according to witnesses, with some saying two and others saying three. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Shooting at Syracuse, NY, memorial service leaves 5 injured, including children, 8 and 14," 21 Sep. 2018 However, up until now, a majority of council members have supported Black, with some saying Cranley and Black need to learn how to work together. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati Councilman Landsman changes vote, supports firing City Manager Harry Black," 19 Apr. 2018 Since his early days of coaching, Boise State head tennis coach Greg Patton has kept a notebook full of wise sayings, sage thoughts and advice for living — which has to a lot to do with being a good tennis player. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "After two decades, Boise State's longest-tenured (and most quotable) coach steps down | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018 At Ashley Williams, one head was covered in a collage of diamanté barrettes spelling out cheeky sayings, while at Fashion East, manes were topped off with plastic amber combs warped into fantastical shapes. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Rather than sweet sayings from Dior's collections past, the gown featured lyrics from her now-husband's songs, a custom monogram with their initials, a nod to the couple's son, Leo, and their dog, Matilda, and more. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni Wore Three Dior Haute Couture Looks For Her Epic Wedding in Italy," 2 Sep. 2018 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

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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


say·​ing | \ ˈsā-iŋ\

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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