old wives' tale

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old wives' tale

n.
A superstitious or spurious belief belonging to traditional folklore.
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old wives' tale

n
a belief, usually superstitious or erroneous, passed on by word of mouth as a piece of traditional wisdom
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old′ wives'′ tale`


n.
a traditional, often superstitious, belief or story.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.old wives' tale - a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth
lore, traditional knowledge - knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote; "early peoples passed on plant and animal lore through legend"
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Translations

old wives' tale

nvecchia superstizione f
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wife

(waif) plural wives (waivz) noun
the woman to whom one is married. Come and meet my wife; He is looking for a wife.
old wives' tale
a superstitious and misleading story.
ˈwife-battering noun
the crime of beating one's own wife.
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Given the serious topics in this issue, we have made sure to pack in plenty to lighten your heart: basketball talk with sports analyst Seth Davis; the etymology of the quaint Yiddish term bubbe meise; and the surprising renaissance of the potent East European brandy, slivovitz.
The phrase's convoluted history is a bit of a bubbe meise itself.
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"Bubbe meises" is Yiddish for old wives' tales, but they typically contain a kernel of truth.
"Bubbe Meises: Jewish Myths, Jewish Realities" is an examination of many of these myths and stereotypes.
Bubbe Meises or 'old wives tales' provide a range of Jewish myths and misconceptions which have been handed down between generations: and BUBBE MEISES examines the origins of these misconceptions and how they have influenced Jewish peoples over the centuries.