Meaning of “saying” in the English Dictionary

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"saying" in British English

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sayingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈseɪ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈseɪ.ɪŋ/

C1 a well-known wise statement that often has a meaning that is different from the simple meanings of the words it contains:

As the saying goes, "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."

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  • What's the origin of this saying?
  • Who originated the saying 'Small is beautiful'?
  • What's that saying about a fool and his money being easily parted?
  • He's always coming out with wise old sayings.
  • What's that saying? 'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today?'

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

"saying" in American English

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sayingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈseɪ·ɪŋ/

a well-known expression or wise statement:

I hate T-shirts with sayings on them.

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