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Definition a short saying — typically well-known and accepted by many as offering good advice

The adjective, proverbial, may refer to a proverb or to anything that is well-known — as in "It is a proverbial fish story exaggeration."
  • She is a hard worker, an early riser, and fond of quoting the proverb, "The early bird gets the worm."
proverb = a well-known, short saying that is thought to communicate wisdom
  • "It takes a village to raise a child," goes the African proverb.
  • proverb = a well-known, short saying that is thought to communicate wisdom
  • My mother, equally big on little proverbs, often said, oh, what a tangled web we weave, a little lie will lead to a big one; a child who cheats in school will grow up to steal.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • proverbs = a short saying — typically well-known and accepted by many as offering good advice
  • They shared the same taste for banana beer and the same proverbs and for the most part the same territories.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The "fruit of Brother Alberigo" became a proverb.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • "Lucky" is a strange word to use to describe my situation, but a part of me does feel fortunate that I didn't get hit by the proverbial bus.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Proverbs cautions that the sayings of the wise are 'riddles,' while Corinthians talks of 'hidden wisdom.'
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Ah, that was like the proverbial patient who keeps shifting in bed, hoping each new position will bring relief.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I'm an old, superstitious Arab, and I believe in our proverbs.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • He is inundated with Howardisms suddenly; all true, those old and wrinkled maxims, proverbs, clichés.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Proverbs twenty-five, twenty-four.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • And you know, Mr. Balfour, we have a proverb in the country that evil-doers are aye evil-dreaders.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • "Proverbs—eleven, isn't it?"
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I had truly, according to the old proverb, fallen out of the frying pan into the fire.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • We drive to a store in Santa Monica and Nathaniel riffles through the stock for more than an hour, the proverbial kid in a candy store.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • It has passed into proverbial expressions.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The proverb says revenge is a dish best eaten cold, but Ronson Fast-Lite had yet to be invented when they made that one up.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I think the point is that those things are tiny and deadly and can find the proverbial needle in the biogenetically modified haystack.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • As it says in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV): "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it."
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

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