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proverb

noun [C] uk   /ˈprɒv.ɜːb/ us    /ˈprɑː.vɝːb/
C2 a short sentence, etc., usually known by many people, stating something commonly experienced or giving advice: The appetite, says the proverb, grows with eating. [+ that] There is an old Arab proverb that everything you write or speak should pass through three gates: Is this kind? Is this necessary? Is this true?
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