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old wives’ tale


It was an old wives’ tale of the same category as that in which it was imputed to masturbation such scourges as acne, or warts, or madness.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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  • It was an old wives’ tale of the same category as that in which it was imputed to masturbation such scourges as acne, or warts, or madness.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • For coffee, an old wives’ tale will suffice.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And then she laughed, and said it was only a foolish old wives’ tale, and she ate the third apple, and set the other two on the window ledge to keep until the morning, and I ate my own apple; and we turned to making fun of Mrs. Alderman Parkinson’s corsets; but underneath all the funning she was upset.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • DRUMMOND You murder a wife, it isn’t nearly as bad as murdering an old wives’ tale.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind

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  • Vaguely she supposed she had hoped that the flowing blood would wash the wound clean did that really happen, or was it just an old wives’ tale?
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • There is truth to the old wives’ tale that women who are pregnant glow, and I remember thinking that I wanted to look just like them when I grew up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Five weeks I’ve given you to pay me the rent—five weeks out of the generosity and goodness of my heart—and now you tell me this old wives’ tale!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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Associated words [difficulty]:   old wives’ tale [8]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Philosophy, Religion & Spirtuality, Science
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