old saw

old saw

An oft-repeated saying, maxim, or proverb; a clichéd 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!"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

old saw

A proverb, maxim, or adage. This term comes from a much older meaning for saw, derived from the Old English sagu and meaning just about the same as “saying.” The “old” here is not necessarily derogatory, rather signifying “wise.” Thomas Cooper in his Thesaurus (1565) defined a proverb as “an olde sayed sawe.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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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.
In haste I smote, but grieve I sore at leisure!" And then, even in his trouble, he remembered the old saw that "What is done is done; and the egg cracked cannot be cured."
Judex damnatur --you know the old saw. Here am I upholding the good fame of the learned Duns Scotus against the foolish quibblings and poor silly reasonings of Willie Ockham."
Putting my faith in old saws, as a young man will, I had never dreamed to know again a bliss so divinely passionate and pure as came to me with every glance of Nicolete's sweet eyes, with every simple pressure of her hand; and the joy that was mine when sometimes, stopping on our way, we would press together our lips ever so gravely and tenderly, seems too holy even to speak of.
"Who steals my purse steals my right to live," was the reply, "old saws to the contrary.
Following are examples of old saws fitted with new teeth.
In 2016 Rob, his wife Marie, 42, who live in Saltburn, and Jonathan Neasham, who lives in Osmotherley, launched the Old Saw Mill Garden Party on land near Brompton, close to Northallerton.
The incident is alleged to have happened at the Old Saw Inn on Spen Lane, Cleckheaton, on April 30 this year.
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.
How does that old saw about "a friend of my enemy is my enemy" apply here?
Now that I'm used to my mini saw, my old saw feels ridiculously oversized and just plain wrong for most jobs--like driving finish nails with a sledgehammer.
One old saw is receiving some major reinforcement this morning: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
Progenies Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, has signed a 10-year, 149,000 s/f lease at The Landmark at Eastview, located at 765 Old Saw Mill River Road in Tarrytown, NY where it has been headquartered for over a decade.