Origin of adage
Examples from the Web for adage
Perhaps the most problematic aspect of the adage is the most obvious.
How fitting, then, that another Hagel—Chuck—is illustrating the adage today.
Reversing Von Clausewitz's adage, policy becomes an extension of war.
And the word “revenge” in this adage is understood to be other-than-literal.
At the same time, Mitt Romney and the Republicans should be mindful of the adage “Be careful what you wish for.”
He was cudgelling his brain to solve the problem represented by the adage "Two is company, three is none."A Rock in the Baltic|Robert Barr
He was one of the fools who devote their lives to disproving the adage that experience teaches them.Cynthia|Leonard Merrick
Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' like the poor cat i' the adage.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
It was a first love of mine, and, as the adage says, 'only revient toujours.'The Daltons, Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
"Letting I dare not wait upon I would, Like the poor cat i' the adage," never can produce results.Marion Fay|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for adage
Word Origin for adage
Word Origin and History for adage
1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."