From King Dictionary of Contemporary English saying say‧ing / ˈseɪ-ɪŋ / ●●○ noun [countable ] SAYING a well-known short statement that expresses an idea most people believe is true and wise SYN proverb You can’t judge a book by its cover, as the old saying goes. ► see thesaurus at phrase Examples from the Corpus saying • How many times have we heard the famous saying, ' Physician heal thyself'? • 'You're only as old as you feel' -- that's one of my favourite sayings. • To paraphrase an old saying, the water has to be there for the horse to be able to drink. • The more often you play the flute, the better you'll get. Remember the old saying, practice makes perfect. • Known for his quirky sayings, Kahn taught his pupils always to ask the building what it wanted to be. • What followed, as the saying goes, shook the world. • Like father, like son, as the saying goes -- by the time Tim was eight, he was already a budding entrepreneur. • So one thing, as the saying goes, led to another. • Think about these sayings which predict the weather and any other sayings you can collect from your family and friends. • These sayings have direct reference to the existence of scale and levels of being both in man and in the Cosmos. • However, like that about poverty, this saying talks about mourning in a spiritual sense. • If you're looking for a reason, goes one of Balloonland's wisest sayings, then apply your own pin.