you know what they say

Definition of you know what they say

informal
used to introduce a common saying or a statement that expresses a common belief
  • Keep trying, and you'll figure it out. You know what they say: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

know play
  1. : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

they play
  1. : those ones

  2. : he:1

  3. : people

say play
  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as


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