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 classic literature ?
And indeed I was now inclining to the belief that he must be no Circle at all, but some extremely clever juggler; or else that the old wives' tales were true, and that after all there were such people as Enchanters and Magicians.
His first sensation was one of violent rage with her for having deceived him throughout the visit, fed him with pleasant old wives' tales, let him see her as a child playing in a meadow, shared her youth with him, while all the time she was a stranger entirely, and engaged to marry Rodney.
The finding, in mice, suggests the old wives' tale about resisting the urge to scratch an itch has a scientific basis.
GARY C ARY CRUDEN SOME voters could leave it until later in the day to cast vote if an old wives' tale is to be believed.
And the old wives' tale is backed by scientific evidence as jet stream winds, which bring in weather systems, often stay in a similar position until the end of August.
This week's winner is Pauline O'Dowd, of Nottingham, who says: "I thought it was an old wives' tale that yucca plants like tea.
It's an old wives' tale that cows lie down when it's about to rain.
I think it's an old wives' tale - it's just what your mother told you but nobody really knows.
She thought it was an old wives' tale when people told her that if a contractor says a job is going to take six weeks, it really means 12 weeks.
According to the Food Standards Agency, "eating for two" is little more than an old wives' tale and mums-to-be require just 300 calories a day more - the equivalent to an extra sandwich.
The only problem, according to experts, is that the warning is yet another old wives' tale that should be laid to rest.
It is an old wives' tale that mayonnaise causes food to spoil, because mayonnaise is high in acid and acid retards bacteria growth," Wilson said.