A proverb or maxim, as in Mom's always repeating the old saw, “Haste makes waste.” This term uses saw in the sense of “saying,” and old in the sense of “wise” rather than old-fashioned. [Second half of 1400s]
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How to use old saw in a sentence
Stores that are over a year old saw a ten percent increase in sales over the previous November.Rihanna Builds Dream NYC Closet; H&M Gets an Isabel Marant Bump | The Fashion Beast Team | December 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the old saw goes, Israelis love immigration, but not immigrants.
It's an old saw that no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.
So I went and got the bag of meal and my old saw out of the canoe, and fetched them to the house.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
There is an old saw-mill on the creek, which was used as a hospital by the Twelfth Corps during the battle.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
The soft tan bark was even more suitable for tumbling, leaping and jumping than the old saw-dust ring on the commons.Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
I had rather a remarkable illustration of the old saw this morning.The Squire's Daughter | Silas K(itto) Hocking
That is the revised version of an old saw, and I like it better."Say Fellows--" | Wade C. Smith