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[sey-ing] /ˈseɪ ɪŋ/
something said, especially a proverb or apothegm.
go without saying, to be completely self-evident; be understood:
It goes without saying that you are welcome to visit us at any time.
Origin of saying
1250-1300; Middle English (gerund); see say1, -ing1
1. maxim, adage, saw, aphorism. Unabridged
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  • The history of this collection of sayings is rather interesting as well as surprising.
  • The low-bandwidth version includes all of the sayings in the high-bandwidth version.
  • Each headstone is different, and many have sayings inscribed on them.
  • Anybody who has ever looked at a collection of these sayings must have been impressed by their variety.
  • Two old sayings are colliding in the presidential campaign, and there's some truth to both of them.
  • Stick to clothing without logos, brand names or popular sayings on them.
  • Also, famous sayings from the time are similarly compared.
  • They are wanting in terse and epigrammatic sayings, and give us the sense of being almost too wise.
  • Those are easy sayings, but difficult to make happen without reductive acts.
  • Using coins or extra candy hearts as markers, players mark the called sayings that appear on their cards.
British Dictionary definitions for sayings


a maxim, adage, or proverb
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Word Origin and History for sayings



"utterance, recitation, action of the verb 'say,' " c.1300, verbal noun from say (v.); meaning "something that has been said" (usually by someone thought important) is from c.1300; sense of "a proverb" is first attested mid-15c.

Ça va sans dire, a familiar French locution, whose English equivalent might be "that is a matter of course," or "that may be taken for granted." But recently it has become the tendency to translate it literally, "that goes without saying," and these words, though originally uncouth and almost unmeaning to the unpractised ear, are gradually acquiring the exact meaning of the French. [Walsh, 1892]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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