n. A trite popular saying, or proverb. (Figurative and
colloquial.) So called because it makes its way into a wooden head.
Following are examples of old saws fitted with new teeth.
A penny saved is a penny to squander.
A man is known by the company that he organizes.
A bad workman quarrels with the man who calls him that.
A bird in the hand is worth what it will bring.
Better late than before anybody has invited you.
Example is better than following it.
Half a loaf is better than a whole one if there is much else.
Think twice before you speak to a friend in need.
What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to
Least said is soonest disavowed.
He laughs best who laughs least.
Speak of the Devil and he will hear about it.
Of two evils choose to be the least.
Strike while your employer has a big contract.
Where there's a will there's a won't.
Vandyke edge, adage, amputate, ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, ax, axiom, backsaw, band saw
, belt saw
, bisect, bow, bow saw
, bucksaw, butcher, buzz saw
, byword, carve, catchword, chain saw
, chop, circular saw
, cleave, cockscomb, collected sayings, compass saw
, coping saw
, cordwood saw
, crenation, crenelation, crenulation, crest, crosscut saw
, current saying, cut, cut away, cut in two, cut off, deckle edge, denticulation, dentil, dentil band, diamond saw
, dichotomize, dictate, dictum, dissever, distich, dogtooth, double-cut saw
, dovetail saw
, epigram, excise, expression, fiddle, fissure, frame saw
, fretsaw, gash, gnome, golden saying, hack, hacksaw, halve, handsaw, helicoidal saw
, hew, incise, jigsaw, keyhole saw
, lance, maxim, meat saw
, mill saw
, moral, mot, motto, notching, oracle, panel saw
, pare, phrase, pit saw
, pithy saying, play violin, portable saw
, power saw
, precept, prescript, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, prune, pruning saw
, rend, rickrack, ripsaw, rive, rock saw
teeth, saying, scallop, scissor, scrape, scribe saw
, scroll saw
, sentence, sententious expression, serration, sever, slash, slice, slit, sloka, snip, split, splitsaw, stock saying, sunder, sutra, table saw
, teaching, tear, text, two-handed saw
, verse, vertical saw
, whipsaw, whittle, wire saw
, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, wood saw
, word, words of wisdom
be disjoined, come off, fall off, come to pieces, fall to pieces, peel off, get loose, disjoin, disconnect, disengage, disunite, dissociate, dispair, divorce, part, dispart, detach, separate, cut off, rescind, segregate, set apart, keep apart, insulate, isolate, throw out of gear, cut adrift, loose, unloose, undo, unbind, unchain, unlock, unpack, unravel, disentangle, set free, sunder, divide, subdivide, sever, dissever, abscind, circumcise, cut, incide, incise, saw
, snip, nib, nip, cleave, rive, rend, slit, split, splinter, chip, crack, snap, break, tear, burst, rend, rend asunder, rend in twain, wrench, rupture, shatter, shiver, cranch, crunch, craunch, chop, cut up, rip up, hack, hew, slash, whittle, haggle, hackle, discind, lacerate, scamble, mangle, gash, hash, slice, cut up, carve, dissect, anatomize, dislimb, take to pieces, pull to pieces, pick to pieces, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, tear piecemeal, tear limb from limb, divellicate, skin, disintegrate, dismember, disbranch, disband, disperse, dislocate, disjoint, break up, mince, comminute, apportion, part, part company, separate, leave.
notch, dent, nick, cut, indent, indentation, dimple, embrasure, battlement, machicolation, saw
, tooth, crenelle, scallop, scollop, vandyke, depression, jag, notched, crenate, crenated, dentate, dentated, denticulate, denticulated, toothed, palmated, serrated.
maxim, aphorism, apothegm, apophthegm, dictum, saying, adage, saw
, proverb, sentence, mot, motto, word, byword, moral, phylactery, protasis, axiom, theorem, scholium, truism, postulate, first principles, a priori fact, assumption (supposition), reflection, conclusion, golden rule, principle, principia, profession of faith, settled principle, accepted principle, formula, accepted fact, received truth, wise maxim, sage maxim, received maxim, admitted maxim, recognized maxim, true saying, common saying, hackneyed saying, trite saying, commonplace saying, aphoristic, proverbial, phylacteric, axiomatic, gnomic, as the saying goes, as the saying is, as they say.