- a maxim, adage, or proverb
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- something said, esp. a proverb:the old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine.''
- something said, esp. a proverb or apothegm.
- Idiomsgo without saying, to be completely self-evident;
be understood:It goes without saying that you are welcome to visit us at any time.
- 1250–1300; Middle English (gerund, gerundive); see say1, -ing1
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged maxim, adage, saw, aphorism.