• WordNet 3.6
    • adj proverbial widely known and spoken of "her proverbial lateness","the proverbial absentminded professor","your proverbial dizzy blonde"
    • adj proverbial of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb "he kicked the proverbial bucket","the proverbial grasshopper"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proverbial Mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known; as, a proverbial expression; his meanness was proverbial. "In case of excesses, I take the German proverbial cure, by a hair of the same beast, to be the worst."
    • Proverbial Of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb. "A proverbial obscurity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proverbial Pertaining to proverbs; resembling or characteristic of a proverb: as, to express one's self with proverbial brevity.
    • proverbial Mentioned in a proverb; used or current as a proverb: as, a proverbial saying; hence, commonly spoken of; well-known; notorious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Proverbial like or pertaining to proverbs: widely spoken of
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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
L. proverbialis,: cf. F. proverbial,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. proverbe—L. proverbiumpro, publicly, verbum, a word.


In literature:

The "pipe of peace" has become proverbial.
"Pioneers in Canada" by Sir Harry Johnston
According to the rule of the Order she was clothed in the brown garb whose color has become proverbial.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
Among these are some Jews, but not esteemed, for their very name is proverbial, as a term of reproach.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX." by Robert Kerr
The soldier, like the sailor, is proverbial for his superstition.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
The shyness of the bird is proverbial, and it frequents the deepest willow and aspen thickets.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
He fluttered into Houston like a white dove of peace with the proverbial olive branch in his mouth.
"True Stories of Crime From the District Attorney's Office" by Arthur Train
These revolts against the chiefs have given birth, to several proverbial expressions, applied to the district of Ka'u.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
In the classes of spoiled eggs, of which we have thus far spoken, the proverbial rotten egg has not been considered.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
Will these proverbially hard-hearted men put down their L.100, L.200, L.300, L.400, L.500, for nothing?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV." by Various
His sleep was sound enough for the proverbial just man, sound and dreamless, aided perhaps by a liberal allowance of wine.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner

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:

Sages have said it brings health, wealth and the proverbial worm.
As has been the case for the past couple of weeks, eroding wholesale beef prices continue to be the proverbial two-ton gorilla banging on the closet door.
Examine the gallery to get a first -hand peek at what's up for grabs, and don't forget to toss your name into the proverbial hat by inputting the relevant information into the form below before 11:59 PM EST this very night to qualify.
Earlier Thursday, we looked at four established NFC North players who reside on the proverbial roster bubble.
Tennessee-Wesleyan's men's and women's basketball teams have the proverbial target on their backs.
Only on rare occasions do public officials look in the proverbial mirror to insist on the same thing from the monumental bureaucracies that handle most government programs.
Finding a job in the real world is always a challenge for the proverbial liberal-arts major.
C0lorado is now up that well-known proverbial creek without a Krick.
The proverbial chickens are coming home to roost.
He went on to say that protecting Hogan 's privacy was not necessary at this point since the proverbial cat was out of the bag.
MANKATO — Alexander Piementel's first high school home game on American soil was a proverbial slam dunk.
She is like the proverbial "bad penny" as this is her third stint with the Neighbor Newspapers.
It's not easy for someone operating in the public sphere to fly under proverbial radar for several decades, especially if a person's vision, leadership and hard work are steadily building something destined to become a community treasure.
How do people think outside of the proverbial box.
He fears the proverbial "it": terrorism, financial collapse, a "smallpox crop duster flying over Dodger Stadium" — you name it.

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