saying

  • 1 saying — saying, saw, adage, proverb, maxim, motto, epigram, aphorism, apothegm can all denote a sententious expression of a general truth. A saying is a brief current or habitual expression that may be anonymous, traditional, or attributable to a… …

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  • 2 saying — [sā′iŋ] n. 1. the act of one who says 2. something said; esp., an adage, proverb, or maxim SYN. SAYINGSAYING is the simple, direct term for any pithy expression of wisdom or truth; a SAW2 is an old, homely saying that is well worn by repetition… …

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  • 3 saying — (n.) utterance, recitation, act of the verb say, c.1300, verbal noun from SAY (Cf. say) (v.); meaning something that has been said (usually by someone thought important) is from c.1300; sense of a proverb is first attested mid 15c. Ça va sans… …

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  • 4 Saying — Say ing, n. That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb. [1913 Webster] Many are the sayings of the wise, In ancient and in modern books enrolled. Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Declaration;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 saying — index catchword, expression (comment), maxim, phrase, remark Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 saying — [n] maxim, proverb adage, aphorism, apophthegm, axiom, byword, dictum, epigram, motto, precept, saw, statement, truism; concept 278 …

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  • 7 saying — ► NOUN ▪ a short, commonly known expression containing advice or wisdom …

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  • 8 Saying — A saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another, to be a pithy expression of wisdom or truth. [1] There are a number of specific types of saying: Apothegm. “…an edgy, more cynical aphorism; such as, ‘Men are generally more… …

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  • 9 saying — Synonyms and related words: Parthian shot, adage, address, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, ana, analects, announcement, annunciation, answer, aphorism, apostrophe, apothegm, assertion, asseveration, averment, avouchment, avowal, axiom,… …

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  • 10 saying */*/ — UK [ˈseɪɪŋ] / US noun [countable] Word forms saying : singular saying plural sayings a well known statement about what often happens in life Tomorrow s another day, she said, repeating one of her many sayings. as the saying goes (= according to… …

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  • 11 saying — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ common, famous, popular, well known ▪ old, traditional ▪ wise ▪ favourite/favorite …

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  • 12 saying — n. 1) a common, old, popular, wise saying 2) (misc.) it goes without saying that we will help * * * [ seɪɪŋ] old popular wise saying (misc.) it goes without saying that we will help a common …

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  • 13 saying — noun you know the old saying about all work and no play? it goes without saying Syn: proverb, maxim, aphorism, axiom, adage, saw, tag, motto, epigram, dictum, expression, phrase, formula; slogan, catchphrase …

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  • 14 saying — n. 1 the act or an instance of saying. 2 a maxim, proverb, adage, etc. Phrases and idioms: as the saying goes (or is) an expression used in introducing a proverb, clicheacute, etc. go without saying be too well known or obvious to need mention.… …

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  • 15 saying — say|ing [ seııŋ ] noun count ** a well known statement about what often happens in life: Tomorrow s another day, she said, repeating one of her many sayings. as the saying goes (=according to the saying): Well, as the saying goes, A problem… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 saying — [[t]se͟ɪɪŋ[/t]] sayings 1) N COUNT A saying is a sentence that people often say and that gives advice or information about human life and experience. We also realize the truth of that old saying: Charity begins at home... Her favourite saying was …

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  • 17 Saying — Say Say, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Said} (s[e^]d), contracted from sayed; p. pr. & vb. n. {Saying}.] [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sag[=e]n, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. s[ a]ga,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 18 saying — /say ing/, n. 1. something said, esp. a proverb or apothegm. 2. go without saying, to be completely self evident; be understood: It goes without saying that you are welcome to visit us at any time. [1250 1300; ME (ger.); see SAY1, ING1] Syn. 1.… …

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  • 19 saying — /ˈseɪɪŋ / (say saying) noun 1. something said, especially a proverb or apophthegm. –phrase 2. go without saying, to be completely self evident …

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  • 20 saying — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. saw, maxim, proverb, adage, epigram, dictum, ipse dixit. See affirmation. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. mentioning, making clear, revealing, pointing out, giving out, remarking, noting, announcing,… …

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