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[ sey-ing ]


  1. something said, say, especially a proverb or apothegm.

    Synonyms: aphorism, saw, adage, maxim


/ ˈseɪɪŋ /


  1. a maxim, adage, or proverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of saying1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English (gerund); say 1, -ing 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. go without saying, to be completely self-evident; be understood:

    It goes without saying that you are welcome to visit us at any time.

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Example Sentences

In this case, the saying definitely applies, since it’s a lot harder to get the smell of sweat out of everything, than it is to stop things getting smelly in the first place.

Lily Peng, 37, group product manager at Google“Credit is not a zero-sum game” is a saying that Phil Nelson, one of my mentors at Google, often uses.

From Fortune

Mainstream media bias toward covering violence in protests is well studied, best encapsulated by the saying “If it bleeds, it leads.”

But, as the old saying goes, nothing worth having in life is truly free.

We’re all old enough to have grown up under the saying that politics stops at the water’s edge, and I certainly would like to see us go back to that.

Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”

Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.

In other words, the Air Force is saying that its drone force has been stretched to its limits.

For now, the Egyptian government has issued a statement saying that Clooney is free to enter Egypt “whenever she wants.”

They liked what Duke was saying and were willing to look beyond what little they knew of his past.

It goes without saying that Ferns of all kinds are interesting plants to grow in the garden and house.

She kept her eyes fixed steadily on his, saying what followed gently, calmly, yet as though another woman spoke the words.

But he put her gently by, saying, "I would rather be here, good Marda;" and went in and locked the door.

"But I can't stop to argue about it now;" and, saying this, he turned into a side path, and disappeared in the wood.

He heard himself saying lightly, though with apparent lack of interest: 'How curious, Lettice, how very odd!


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