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.
And then, even in his trouble, he remembered the old saw that "What is done is done; and the egg cracked cannot be cured.
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.
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.
Tenders are invited for dismantling of old Saw Mill shed at KSFIC Saw Mill, Dandeli and taking away of all the available materials.
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.
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.
D), who has a consulting firm: Rainmakers (referencing the old saw that "salesmen are born not made"), Closers, Schmooze, and Field of Dreams.
A worker is only as good as his tools, goes the old saw (no pun intended)--and this adage holds doubly true in food retailing, where a broad range of issues, from safety and health to efficiencies and finances, makes the proper choice and application of equipment critical on nearly a moment-to-moment basis.