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adage (plural adages)
- An old saying which has obtained credit by long use.
- An old saying which has been overused or considered a cliché; a trite maxim.
- Synonym: old saw
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene vii], page 135:
- Like the poore Cat i’ th’ Addage.
adage m (plural adages)