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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Eventually Julian began reciting the sayings himself. Ben Baskin,, "Julian Edelman Is Back on Top and Ready to Take Over the World," 3 July 2019 The orange coasters have sayings written in Aurebesh, a Star Wars language. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Visitors to Disney’s Star Wars: A Galaxy’s Edge Park Have Been Reselling Park Decor on eBay," 28 June 2019 Anderson, 71, is a master of the country-song form, taking a familiar saying or detail and spinning it into a wise, humble reflection on life, love, longing, temptation, the simple joys of nature, aging, work, old gear, loss, and just being. John Adamian,, "Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models playing The Kate," 28 June 2019 For more than a half century, the Kahn & Keville tire shop at Turk and Larkin streets has been known for the inspirational sayings spelled out on the letter board sign perched on the corner. J.k. Dineen,, "SF affordable housing projects kickstarted with $40 million in state funds," 25 June 2019 This saying rings true for America’s Got Talent judge, Gabrielle Union. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Just Gave Us A Look at Summer’s Coolest Haircut," 12 June 2019 Stay awhile, and this saying can change your perspective. National Geographic, "Costa Rica: Living La Pura Vida," 8 Apr. 2019 The pro sets himself apart with a single-needle fine-line technique that allows for minimalist drawings of stars, palm trees, flowers sayings, and chain links that mimic a new bracelet. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Just Got Matching Tattoos," 4 Apr. 2019 The maps are bordered with sayings about nature, some are Bible verses, others quotes from literature. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Arden Hills cartographer’s detailed, handmade maps are works of art — functional, too," 21 June 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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