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proverbprov‧erb /ˈprɒvɜːb $ ˈprɑːvɜːrb/ ●●○ noun [countable]  SLSAYINGa short well-known statement that gives advice or expresses something that is generally true. ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’ is an example of a proverb.sayingsee thesaurus at phrase
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proverbA proverb in fact from hell.She was an encyclopaedia of superstitions and proverbs.An Irish proverb is relevant here -- 'You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather is.'Maxims, proverbs, and other forms of folk wisdom give a person reasons for obeying rules.Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt us, as the noted proverb has it.Do you remember this old proverb: 'When poverty comes in the door, love flies out of the window'?In reply, he quoted a Sanskrit proverb: 'Forgiveness is the ornament of the brave'.There is as it happens an Anglo-Saxon proverb analogous to Lord Acton's, but still significantly different.He grinned and then uttered a Swahili proverb.After frontal damage, the patient may just paraphrase the proverb.
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