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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Powell said Wright possibly quoted the saying without fact-checking himself. Andrea Sachs,, "On the trail of Frank Lloyd Wright in Illinois and Wisconsin," 11 Sep. 2019 The hoary saying about three being a crowd comes to mind. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’," 5 Sep. 2019 The saying lives on in T-shirts the team has printed up. Kent Somers, azcentral, "For Arizona Coyotes, expectations high with new owner Alex Meruelo, Phil Kessel," 3 Sep. 2019 Yet what seems like a fun, ubiquitous saying actually has a long, tortured history involving lawsuits and lies. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Why LeBron James should free ‘Taco Tuesday’ from its trademark shackles," 3 Sep. 2019 And perhaps the truest northern saying is that there’s no bad weather up here—only bad clothing. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "Essential Clothing to Pack for a Northern Lights Trip," 3 Sep. 2019 A few of the popular sayings within the Gophers’ program have already seeped into Mann’s vocabulary. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: Gophers commit Jonathan Mann is Rosemount’s star receiver, and ideal leader," 28 Aug. 2019 The old saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree applies to the Montiel household as a special baseball connection has united the father-and-son team of David and Brice Montiel. Emmett Hall,, "Cardinal Gibbons High center fielder a chip off the old baseball block," 11 July 2019 This space ranger has tons of sayings and can move on his own. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "From Woody to Buzz, and of course Forky, here's your guide to the best 'Toy Story 4' merch," 14 June 2019

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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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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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