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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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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References in classic literature ?
"Is it just sentimentality, old wives' tales, or is she right?" he asked himself.
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.
However, an old wives' tale about baby bumps may be serving as a clue when it comes to whether or not Meghan Markle will have a son or a daughter.
It's possibly an old wives' tale, but it is said that if you rub bat's blood on a new born child they will not grow hair, even into adulthood.
I really do hope that the old wives' tale of the worse the winter the better the summer is true because I think that it is high time we had a bit of sun to warm our bones.
There's an old wives' tale that supposedly predicts the baby's gender based on how fast or slow their heart is beating.
The story seemed far-fetched, a bube meyseh (old wives' tale).
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.
One of the enduring absurdities of the marketing and advertising industries is the old wives' tale that "people over 50 want to be like young people".
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.