• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Proverbialism A proverbial phrase.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proverbialism A proverbial phrase or saying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Proverbialism a saying in the form of, or like, a proverb
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  • Alexander Smith
    “A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. proverbe—L. proverbiumpro, publicly, verbum, a word.


In literature:

How wise the proverbial sayings!
"The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" by R. Heber Newton
The distraction and perplexity of the teacher's life are, as was explained in the last chapter, almost proverbial.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
Language alone is proverbially misleading as a guide to identity of race.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
Notwithstanding all this, we acknowledge having much pleasure in recalling our national proverbial expressions.
"Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character" by Edward Bannerman Ramsay
And so, like the proverbial ass, we are lured on by a wisp of hay.
"The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue" by G. Lowes Dickinson
Yet we know the proverbial history of to-morrow.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, November 15, 1890" by Various
Emotion, indeed, is proverbially inclined to speechlessness.
"Language" by Edward Sapir
In fact, his rapacity made his very name proverbial.
"Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)" by Walter Scott
Even from the days of your childhood your courage and valor have been proverbial.
"The Young Captives" by Erasmus W. Jones
Love's ears and eyes are proverbially acute.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon

In poetry:

But thine was pure and undefiled,
A record of long brilliant, teeming days,
Each thought did tend to further things,
But pure as the proverbial child.
"In Memoriam" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

In news:

Eureka SXSW Interactive provides a proverbial map for app developers to launch their latest.
Wounded park fowl leads Rangers on the proverbial pursuit.
Through the rain and the mud and six losses to start the season, Sequim coach Erik Wiker found a proverbial silver lining for his Wolves on Friday night.
It makes me wonder, if the amendment passes, will our public schools become the proverbial red-headed stepchild of our state legislators when the money is doled out.
No campground cookspace would be complete without the proverbial kitchen sink.
They represent opposing ends of the proverbial spectrum of challenges faced on the corridor.
It's the proverbial elephant in the room, and it has been sitting there more than 16 years.
The Anderson University women's basketball team rode the proverbial emotional roller coaster during Saturday's season-opener against Pfeiffer at the Abney Athletic Center.
Regardless of the catastrophe, when life hands you the proverbial lemon don't settle for lemonade.
They are used to verify that the intent of each voter was honored, but they don't address the possibility that any ballots were added to — or removed from — the proverbial box.
In the proverbial book of wine, Rioja is Spain's most storied region.
After suffering a sizzling summer, much of the US can expect the proverbial big chill this winter.
), Salt 's proverbial switch is flipped when would-be defector Mr Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) emerges as her old Soviet mentor.
Luckily, cranky scalps can hop on the proverbial therapy couch and deal with their "issues" with these treatments tailored specifically to head help.
Prison inmates have devised a new scam to make collect calls on the proverbial dime of unsuspecting citizens.

In science:

To connect this epilogue back to the prologue like the proverbial tail-biting serpent, in QG research the glaring absence of comprehensive experiments and thus of reliable and concrete experimental data to support and constrain theorymaking is, at least from a mathematical viewpoint, quite liberating.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
An example of an association rule is the proverbial “People who buy beer between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. also buy diapers at the same time.” The performance or quality of such a rule is judged by the fraction of the database that satisfies the rule exactly, which then boils down to the problem of finding frequent itemsets.
Algorithmic and Statistical Challenges in Modern Large-Scale Data Analysis are the Focus of MMDS 2008
If this is the case, then the problem becomes one of finding the proverbial needle in the largest possible haystack! On the other hand, there may be many states which are sufficiently close to the observable world, and we need only to understand why we are in this finite subspace of the string landscape.
Searching for the Standard Model in the String Landscape : SUSY GUTs
In that workshop, virtually all proposals around at the time were presented, following which some quite intense discussions took place in the proverbial smoke-filled back room1 in an attempt to understand the problems of some of the proposals and the connections between them.
Chiral Gauge Theories and Fermion-Higgs Systems
Interpolation methods as an efficient numerical method have been proverbially used to compute resultants and determinants,etc.
Obtaining Exact Interpolation Multivariate Polynomial by Approximation