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old wives' tale

noun [C] uk   /ˌəʊldˈwaɪvzˌteɪl/ us    /ˌoʊld-/
a piece of advice or a theory, often related to matters of health, that was believed in the past but is now known to be wrong
Translations of “old wives' tale”
in Chinese (Traditional) (常指健康方面)不科學的陳腐說法, 無稽之談…
in Chinese (Simplified) (常指健康方面)不科学的陈腐说法, 无稽之谈…
(Definition of old wives' tale from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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