Meaning of “proverbial” in the English Dictionary

"proverbial" in British English

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proverbialadjective

uk /prəˈvɜː.bi.əl/ us /prəˈvɝː.bi.əl/

(Definition of “proverbial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proverbial" in American English

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proverbialadjective [ not gradable ]

us /prəˈvɜr·bi·əl/

(of a statement) commonly known, esp. because it is from a proverb or saying known by many people, or because it expresses a truth known by a particular group of people:

Yelling at me was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

(Definition of “proverbial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)