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proverbial

adjective uk   /prəˈvɜː.bi.əl/ us    /-ˈvɝː-/
as used in a proverb or other phrase: He's got to pull the proverbial finger out. well known: his proverbial good humour
proverbially
adverb uk   /-ə.li/ us  
Translations of “proverbial”
in Chinese (Traditional) 諺語的,俗話所說的,常言中的, 眾所周知的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谚语的,俗话所说的,常言中的, 众所周知的…
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