• WordNet 3.6
    • adv proverbially in the manner of something that has become a byword "this proverbially bitter plant, wormwood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Proverbially In a proverbial manner; by way of proverb; hence, commonly; universally; as, it is proverbially said; the bee is proverbially busy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proverbially In a proverbial manner or style; by way of proverb; as 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.”


In literature:

Bread, though proverbially the staff of life, can scarcely be eaten in its simple state.
"The Young Mother" by William A. Alcott
So is it with him who is proverbially born not made.
"The Book-Bills of Narcissus" by Le Gallienne, Richard
Drunken men are proverbially cunning.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
The nights are always, in the hottest season, agreeably cool, and the health of the place is proverbial.
"Letters of a Traveller" by William Cullen Bryant
He is quick tempered but not revengeful, and he is proverbially lazy.
"History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest" by Edward A. Johnson
His temper was proverbially sweet, and his self-control was a marvel.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
As a stern-chase is, proverbially, a long chase, however, I determined to do all we could to avoid the gentleman.
"Miles Wallingford" by James Fenimore Cooper
Their untrustworthiness seems to have been proverbial.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Barbadoes was proverbial for it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
She was constant in the declaration that her kind treatment to her slaves was proverbial.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society

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:

Points for trying, but get yourself over to Phatkaps on Bell Road by the Hickory Hollow Mall, and get some clothes that don't scream, "I'm faking the proverbial funk".
Old Joyce would have flipped her proverbial wig if she?d ever visited the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia.
Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel drew a proverbial line in the sand last month when he noted the company's same-stores sales performance in December would be better than the company's modest showing in November.
The proverbial bogeymen of our world—Osama, Saddam, Gaddafi, Ahmadinejad (how curious, all Muslims.
DECATUR TOWNSHIP For Decatur Central, Thursday's tennis match with visiting Greenwood offered a very large bump in the proverbial road.
Los Angeles may have the ocean, a temperate climate, Hollywood starlets and the Lakers, but the Valley cleans La-La Land's proverbial clock when it comes to pizza.
And no, we don't mean dropping the proverbial ball on her career or her love life.
If anyone doubted whether there was real substance to the Hamas- Fatah "unity government," Mahmoud Abbas's New York Times op-ed provides the proverbial teachable moment.
You know how when things are going good you start waiting for that proverbial shoe to drop.
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.
Farm planning has been pushed to the proverbial next level as a result of economic and political factors but long-range plans are a good way to combat short-term volatility.
Contemplating the proverbial "throne" the world over, Virginia Gardiner wonders why modernism hasn't caught on the to the john.
Take a moment and catalog the items on the proverbial table in America this election season.

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