old wives' tale

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old wives' tale

n.
A superstitious or spurious belief belonging to traditional folklore.

old wives' tale

n
a belief, usually superstitious or erroneous, passed on by word of mouth as a piece of traditional wisdom

old′ wives'′ tale`


n.
a traditional, often superstitious, belief or story.
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"
Translations

old wives' tale

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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.
References in periodicals archive ?
The phrase's convoluted history is a bit of a bubbe meise itself.
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.
20 * It's an outside favorite, but a Hanukkah classic--the musical Bubbe Meises by Ellen Gould and Holly Gewandeter.