• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Proverbialize To turn into a proverb; to speak in proverbs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proverbialize To make into a proverb; turn into a proverb, or use proverbially; speak of in a proverb.
    • proverbialize To use proverbs.
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  • Alexander Smith
    “A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. proverbialiser,


In literature:

His generosity was proverbial, and it amounted to a vice.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
The beauty of his eyes is proverbial in Persia.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Sailors are proverbially good needle-men of a rough kind.
"The World of Ice" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
The debate is conducted with much animation and a spirited use of proverbial wisdom.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
His fairness of statement and generosity of admission had long been proverbial.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
I have often wondered how it has come about that Job has become proverbial for patience.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Bodies of men are proverbially heartless.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
And the proverbial clergyman's son is merely the natural result of the same cause.
"A Woman of the World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The dash and daring of these Kansas soldiers became proverbial.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
The dexterity with which they manage so proverbially a dangerous agent as fire is indeed astonishing.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes

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:

After dipping their proverbial toes in the water to consi READ.
There is no proverbial welcome mat when it comes to abandoned properties.
CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF Microwaves & RF has inspired us to pull our old volumes off the shelf and take a trip down the proverbial memory lane.
In Other News…: Patrick McMullan Gives Bill Keller Proverbial Middle Finger .
When dealing with NJ Transit, commuters are the proverbial deer in the headlights.
Baseball's proverbial window of opportunity can sometimes feel like it exists on a proverbial car that is moving at a proverbial 70 mph down the proverbial interstate of life.
Stanley Woodward stood 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighed 225 pounds and was strong as the proverbial ox.
But how do you raise an event to that proverbial "next level".
Eliminating public trustees positions is a proverbial no-brainer.
LSU fan had the proverbial salt poured into his wounds after he was ridiculed by a swarm of Alabama fans at the Bourbon St location of Krystal Burger.
States across the country are desperately searching their proverbial couch cushions for spare cash — anything to keep their education budgets intact — and they're coming up short.
With it being Slipknot 's first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray, Jordison also goes into detail about how the record will act as a proverbial exorcism for the band.
Creating shallow tar pits at known illegal border crossings may make the proverbial "wheels to spin" for drug and gun traffickers.
There are all sorts of taboo fetishes out there that can eventually catch up with a person and force the proverbial hammer of the law to come swinging down something rotten, spoiling all of the fun.
It appears as if the State Department wants to wash out the mouths of the American people with a proverbial bar of soup for being so insensitive to the offensive nature of popular phrases like "hold down the fort" and "rule of thumb.".

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