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Meaning of “old wives' tale” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of old wives' tale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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old wives’ talenoun [C]

 us   /ˈoʊld ˈwɑɪvz ˌteɪl/
a ​traditionalstory or ​belief, esp. one that is not ​true
(Definition of old wives’ tale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “old wives' tale”
in Chinese (Simplified) (常指健康方面)不科学的陈腐说法, 无稽之谈…
in Chinese (Traditional) (常指健康方面)不科學的陳腐說法, 無稽之談…
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