old saw

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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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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.
To adapt an old saw, best to learn the lessons of business success so they can repeat themselves in the educational arena.
A guy brought me an old saw and they have the fair over here every year and a cutting contest, I thought it would be nice to take this old saw over there and show them the difference what a new saw and old saw was," Horner explains.
The overriding importance of taste is an old saw in the food industry, but we were surprised by the high level of perceived importance of flavor in vegetables as well as fruits.
She also places all the narrative action within a small frame, visually emphasizing that, to rework an old saw, the more things change the more we should change the frame.