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say·ing

 (sā′ĭng)
n.
Something, such as an adage or maxim, that is said.
Synonyms: saying, maxim, adage, saw2, aphorism
These nouns refer to concise verbal expressions setting forth wisdom or a truth. A saying is an often repeated and familiar expression: a collection of philosophical sayings. Maxim denotes particularly an expression of a general truth or a rule of conduct: "For a wise man, he seemed to me ... to be governed too much by general maxims" (Edmund Burke).
Adage applies to a saying that has gained credit through long use: a gift that gave no credence to the adage, "Good things come in small packages." Saw often refers to a familiar saying that has become trite through frequent repetition: old saws that gave little comfort to the losing team. Aphorism, denoting a concise expression of a truth or principle, implies depth of content and stylistic distinction: Few writers have coined more aphorisms than Benjamin Franklin.

saying

(ˈseɪɪŋ)
n
a maxim, adage, or proverb

say•ing

(ˈseɪ ɪŋ)

n.
something said, esp. a proverb or maxim.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saying - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situationssaying - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
Beatitude - one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed); "her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"
logion - a saying of Jesus that is regarded as authentic although it is not recorded in the Gospels
calque, calque formation, loan translation - an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language; "`superman' is a calque for the German `Ubermensch'"
advice and consent - a legal expression in the United States Constitution that allows the Senate to constrain the President's powers of appointment and treaty-making
ambiguity - an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
dysphemism - an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one; "his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"
shucks - an expression of disappointment or irritation
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
tongue twister - an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly; "`rubber baby buggy bumper' is a tongue twister"
anatomical, anatomical reference - an expression that relates to anatomy
southernism - a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States
catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan - a favorite saying of a sect or political group
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
epigram, quip - a witty saying
adage, byword, proverb, saw - a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase, idiom - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
agrapha - sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels
sumpsimus - a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression; "he preferred his erroneous but pleasing mumpsimus to the correct sumpsimus"

saying

noun proverb, maxim, adage, saw, slogan, gnome, dictum, axiom, aphorism, byword, apophthegm that old saying: 'Charity begins at home'
go without saying be obvious, be understood, be taken for granted, be accepted, be self-evident, be taken as read, be a matter of course It should go without saying that you shouldn't smoke.

saying

noun
1. Something said:
2. A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
Translations
قَوْلقَوْل مأْثور
rčenípořekadlo
talemådeordsprog
sanonta
izreka
közmondásmondásszólásmondás
orîatiltæki; málsháttur
ことわざ
말하기
porekadlo
izrek
ordspråk
สุภาษิต
tục ngữ

saying

[ˈseɪɪŋ] Ndicho m, refrán m
it's just a sayinges un refrán, es un dicho
as the saying goescomo dice el refrán

saying

[ˈseɪɪŋ] ndicton m, proverbe m
It's just a saying → C'est juste un dicton.say-so [ˈseɪsəʊ] n
on his say-so → parce qu'il le dit
without his say-so → sans son aval

saying

nRedensart f; (= proverb)Sprichwort nt; as the saying goeswie man so sagt, wie es so schön heißt

saying

[ˈseɪɪŋ] ndetto
as the saying goes → come dice il proverbio

say

(sei) 3rd person singular present tense says (sez) : past tense, past participle said (sed) verb
1. to speak or utter. What did you say?; She said `Yes'.
2. to tell, state or declare. She said how she had enjoyed meeting me; She is said to be very beautiful.
3. to repeat. The child says her prayers every night.
4. to guess or estimate. I can't say when he'll return.
noun
the right or opportunity to state one's opinion. I haven't had my say yet; We have no say in the decision.
ˈsaying noun
something often said, especially a proverb etc.
have (something, *nothingetc) to say for oneself
to be able/unable to explain one's actions etc. Your work is very careless – what have you to say for yourself?
I wouldn't say no to
I would like. I wouldn't say no to an ice-cream.
(let's) say
roughly; approximately; about. You'll arrive there in, (let's) say, three hours.
say the word
I'm ready to obey your wishes. If you'd like to go with me, say the word.
that is to say
in other words; I mean. He was here last Thursday, that's to say the 4th of June.

saying

قَوْل rčení talemåde Sprichwort ρητό dicho sanonta expression izreka detto ことわざ 말하기 gezegde ordtak powiedzenie ditado popular высказывание ordspråk สุภาษิต deyim tục ngữ 说法
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March broke the silence that followed Jo's words, by saying in her cheery voice, "Do you remember how you used to play Pilgrims Progress when you were little things?
She went into his office one morning and without her saying anything he seemed to know what had happened to her.
Though that isn't saying such a machine couldn't be invented.
He was saying how the first thing he would do when he got to a free State he would go to saving up money and never spend a single cent, and when he got enough he would buy his wife, which was owned on a farm close to where Miss Watson lived; and then they would both work to buy the two chil- dren, and if their master wouldn't sell them, they'd get an Ab'litionist to go and steal them.
Why, only the mistake of saying blackberries when of course he meant strawberries.
Snell, the landlord, a man of a neutral disposition, accustomed to stand aloof from human differences as those of beings who were all alike in need of liquor, broke silence, by saying in a doubtful tone to his cousin the butcher--
Well," I said, "I don't understand one word that you've been saying.
I don't understand you, husband," said she, "and I don't know what you mean by saying you would be glad, if it were God's will, not to be well pleased; for, fool as I am, I don't know how one can find pleasure in not having it.
Well, as I was saying, they have scarcely spoken the truth at all; but from me you shall hear the whole truth: not, however, delivered after their manner in a set oration duly ornamented with words and phrases.
we were saying that some of them are to be regarded, and others not.
At the hearin' of this, ye may swear, though, I was as mad as a grasshopper, but I remimbered that I was Sir Pathrick O'Grandison, Barronitt, and that it wasn't althegither gentaal to lit the anger git the upper hand o' the purliteness, so I made light o' the matter and kipt dark, and got quite sociable wid the little chap, and afther a while what did he do but ask me to go wid him to the widdy's, saying he wud give me the feshionable inthroduction to her leddyship.
and "A little bit of this pie, Mr Moore; Jane made it," and Jerry sitting there with a feeble grin, saying "Yes" and "No" and nothing much more, while Miss Jane's eyes are snapping like Fifth of November fireworks.