old saw

old saw

An oft-repeated saying, maxim, or proverb; a cliché or hackneyed expression. My dad has a few old saws he never hesitates to share with my kids whenever we come to visit. A: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!" B: "That old saw is as untrue as it is annoying!"
See also: old, saw

old saw

A proverb or maxim, as in Mom's always repeating the old saw, "Haste makes waste." This term uses saw in the sense of "saying," and old in the sense of "wise" rather than old-fashioned. [Second half of 1400s]
See also: old, saw
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I took all the coffee and sugar there was, and all the ammunition; I took the wadding; I took the bucket and gourd; I took a dipper and a tin cup, and my old saw and two blankets, and the skillet and the coffee-pot.
So I went and got the bag of meal and my old saw out of the canoe, and fetched them to the house.
How does that old saw about "a friend of my enemy is my enemy" apply here?
There's an old saw that says: The right cares only about individuals and not about people in the aggregate, while the left cares only about people in the aggregate and not about individuals.
Never mind the old saw about the roads being too dangerous.
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One old saw is receiving some major reinforcement this morning: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
This ingenious book, which takes cartography to a new level, is based on the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words.
THAT old saw advising those who live in glass houses not to throw stones is particularly true for politicians who denounce one another about campaign contributors.
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And finally, the old saw about mystery toxins No data was offered, just an unsupported allegation, perhaps to counter the recurrent findings of dangerous mycotoxins in organic products which then have to be withdrawn as unsafe.
To adapt an old saw, best to learn the lessons of business success so they can repeat themselves in the educational arena.
But according to consultant Donald Light of Celent Communications, those investigations could pale in comparison with the potential consequences should the FBI pursue criminal convictions, particularly given the old saw that no financial services firm has ever survived criminal indictment.
Or, as the old saw has it, find out what keeps our prospects awake at night and then focus on that.