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say +‎ -ing


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈseɪ.ɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: say‧ing



  1. present participle and gerund of say


saying (plural sayings)

  1. A proverb or maxim.
    • 1983, James C. H. Shen, “Rejoining the Government”, in Robert Myers, editor, The U.S. & Free China: How the U.S. Sold Out Its Ally[1], Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books Ltd., →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 30:
      There is a Chinese saying: "One who does not know how to smile has no business to be in business." How much truer is this of people engaged in the business of diplomacy!
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Citadel:
      Garrus: Fist knows you're coming. We'll have a better chance if we all work together.
      Wrex: My people have a saying: Seek the enemy of your enemy, and you will find a friend.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:saying.
  2. (obsolete) That which is said; an utterance.
    • c. 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Winters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      And I'll be sworn you would believe my saying,
      Howe'er you lean to th' nayward.



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