as the saying goes

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as the saying goes (comparative more as the saying goes, superlative most as the saying goes)

  1. Used before or after saying an apt proverb, adage, cliché etc.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      The neighborhood, to our ears, seemed haunted by approaching footsteps; and what between the dead body of the captain on the parlor floor, and the thought of that detestable blind beggar hovering near at hand, and ready to return, there were moments when, as the saying goes, I jumped in my skin for terror.