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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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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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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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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.
So what about all the other old wives' tales - can they too make a difference when it comes to keeping away and treating a cold?
Despite old wives' tales, the ability to crack knuckles may be a sign of healthy joints, the researchers say, and therefore useful for monitoring joint health.
Contrary to old wives' tales, studies haven't found that cracking your joints damages them, despite the forces involved.
Over the summer Playbox Theatre's Shakespeare Young Company (SYC) will be touring across the Midlands and Bristol Shakespeare Festival with two outdoor productions of The Comedy of Errors and George Peele's chilling Old Wives' Tales.
Today, if you pay attention, you might be surprised at how much those old wives' tales insert themselves into your everyday life.
"There are old wives' tales in all cultures, but if a Jew tells a story, it becomes Jewish because it uses elements of Jewish tradition and customs, often involving rituals and heroes," says Ben-Amos.
My late grandmother Wyneth - she was too fancy to even consider using a "g" - was a great believer in old wives' tales. She was consumed with a tick-list of what we could and couldn't do and reasons why not.
The research is a major step forward in showing that omega-3 fatty acids, either sourced from fish oil or flax oil, may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, or even prevent it occurring, confirming anecdotal reports and "old wives' tales" about the benefits of fish oil for joint health.
New York, July 28 ( ANI ): As far as household myths go, there maybe some truth to these old wives' tales, which is why many still use them as quick remedies around the house.