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 But, as the saying goes, all good things come to an end. Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press, Star Tribune, "It's a sad day for the Shelby GT350 'masterpiece'," 9 Oct. 2020 But, as the saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils. Andrew Canulette | Staff Writer,, "Andrew's Angle: Mandeville needs to steer away from politics of past, focus on future," 6 Oct. 2020 As the saying goes, there’s nothing more agonizing than watching your neighbors get rich. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "How the history of financial bubbles can help us prepare for what’s next," 4 Oct. 2020 But still, as the saying goes, there’s no place like home — and the Thorns certainly looked right at home. oregonlive, "No. 1 NWSL draft pick Sophia Smith scores in Portland Thorns debut, wallops Utah Royals in Fall Series opener," 20 Sep. 2020 As the saying goes, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Scientists Find a Possible Sign of Life on Venus," 14 Sep. 2020 It is given to those who — as the saying goes — have gone above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating extreme valor or courageous conduct at the risk of their own life and safety. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah soldier earns ’Medal of Valor’ for saving lives during 2017 Las Vegas shooting," 2 Sep. 2020 As the saying goes, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, "My Trip to Oktoberfest Was Canceled — Here’s How I Celebrated at Home," 2 Oct. 2020 When the cat’s away the mice will play, or so the saying goes. Matt Simon, Wired, "How the Pandemic Transformed This Songbird’s Call," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Saying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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