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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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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.
I don't know what you are saying,' said the traveller.
And since the letter that Tobin got saying that she had started to come to him not a bit of news had he heard or seen of Katie Mahorner.
So saying, he marched me and Tobin to the back room of a saloon, and ordered the drinks, and laid the money on the table.
But are you in earnest, Socrates, in saying that you do not know what virtue is?
SOCRATES: Then as he is not here, never mind him, and do you tell me: By the gods, Meno, be generous, and tell me what you say that virtue is; for I shall be truly delighted to find that I have been mistaken, and that you and Gorgias do really have this knowledge; although I have been just saying that I have never found anybody who had.
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.
Here was this nigger, which I had as good as helped to run away, coming right out flat-footed and saying he would steal his children -- children that belonged to a man I didn't even know; a man that hadn't ever done me no harm.
Why, only the mistake of saying blackberries when of course he meant strawberries.
He said that the repayment of a debt is just, and in saying so he appears to me to be right.
For he certainly does not mean, as we were now saying that I ought to return a return a deposit of arms or of anything else to one who asks for it when he is not in his right senses; and yet a deposit cannot be denied to be a debt.
The surgeon assented to bleed her upon these conditions, and then proceeded to his operation, which he performed with as much dexterity as he had promised; and with as much quickness: for he took but little blood from her, saying, it was much safer to bleed again and again, than to take away too much at once.