• WordNet 3.6
    • n saying a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations "pardon the expression"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178 Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178
What would Russell Sage say What would Russell Sage say
"Dum 'em, I say!" "Dum 'em, I say!"
And, strange to say, Arvilly wuzn't skairt a mite—she ruther enjoyed it And, strange to say, Arvilly wuzn't skairt a mite—she ruther enjoyed it
say, Cap, What Kind O' Bug is This?' 099 say, Cap, What Kind O' Bug is This?' 099
not 'less Ye Say 'bunker Hill.'' 155 not 'less Ye Say 'bunker Hill.'' 155
Imani listens to what the monkeys say Imani listens to what the monkeys say

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Another way to say "every 9 years" is Novennial
    • n Saying That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb. "Many are the sayings of the wise,
      In ancient and in modern books enrolled."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Scientists say that babies that are breastfed are more likely to be slimmer as adults than those that are not breastfed
    • n saying That which is said; an expression; a statement; a declaration.
    • n saying A proverbial expression; a maxim; an adage.
    • n saying Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People who have eaten beetles say that it tastes like apples
    • Saying something said: an expression: a maxim
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  • Casey Stengel
    Casey Stengel
    “They say you can't do it, but sometimes it doesn't always work.”
  • John Dryden
    “Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.”
  • John Selden
    “Wise people say nothing in dangerous times.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.”
  • Proverb
    “Talk well of your friends and of your enemies say nothing.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People who talk much say nothing.”


Before you can say Jack Robinson - The term Jack Robinson represents 'a short amount of time'. When you do something before you can say Jack Robinson, you do it very quickly.
Before you can say knife - (UK) If something happens before you can say knife, it happens very quickly.
Never say die - When someone says "Never Say Die", it means that you shouldn't give up hope.
Say uncle - (USA) If you say uncle, you admit defeat. ('Cry uncle' is an alternative form.)
Say when - People say this when pouring a drink as a way of telling you to tell them when there's enough in your glass.
Say-so - If you do something on someone else's say-so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation.
Saying is one thing; doing is another - It's harder to do something than it is to say that you will do it.
You can say that again - If you want to agree strongly with what someone has said, you can say 'You can say that again' as a way of doing so.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. secgan (sægde, gesægd); Ice. segja, Ger. sagen.


In literature:

Says to me, says you, that you knows all the rocks as well 's me, and goes and runs her on one on 'em fust time.
"Cormorant Crag" by George Manville Fenn
Say, Jem, old lad, I wonder what Chips will say to you when he sees your mug!
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
I say, though, is it as the officers say to the soldiers?
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
I'll do as you say, but as I says, and I says it again, it goes ag'in the grain.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
I say sarpints, but I mean these things, and I say this.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
I say, Joe, father's been talking about the old mine at breakfast.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
I say, do say you are enjoying yourself too.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
But I can't stop saying it, sir.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
I say, I wonder what he'll say to the judge?
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
When him git back in de chair, him say: 'Zebulon, what you got to say?
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration

In poetry:

"Lo," she said, "speak out, I pray,
O my servants, tried and true!
Fear not, but say your say
What you will that I should do:
Nought will I say you nay
That I may grant you!"
"The Crown Of Gold" by Cicely Fox Smith
Say not, "That gentle voice was formed for love,"
Nor in his eyes such sweet expression see;
Say not, that tenderness those glances prove,
Which never fix with tenderness on me.
"Love Elegy, to Laura" by Amelia Opie
When it came to be known a whale was seen in the Tay,
Some men began to talk and to say,
We must try and catch this monster of a whale,
So come on, brave boys, and never say fail.
"The Famous Tay Whale" by William Topaz McGonagall
They are but servants, say the words of scorning,
As though they meant to say, we're finer clay,
Yet, all the universe holds solemn warning,
Against this pride in creatures of a day
"Servants" by Nora Pembroke
When all is done, say not my day is o'er,
And that thro' night I seek a dimmer shore:
Say rather that my morn has just begun,--
I greet the dawn and not a setting sun,
When all is done.
"When All Is Done" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Then he tells me there are letters saying everything
That I can think of that I want for them to say.
I say, "Well, thank you very much. Good-bye."
He is ashamed, and turns and walks away.
"A Sick Child" by Randall Jarrell

In news:

Finally, the "stuff so-and-so says" says mania has died down.
Three men say Sandusky molested them as early as the 1970s, sources say.
The Indiana Court of Appeals says it's against public policy to uphold any civil contract that's based on an illegal action, and so the court says it won't create a rule allowing that transaction agreement to be enforced.
Sometimes it's tempting to say that the name says it all.
Man Charged in New York Terror Attempt Says He Trained in Pakistan, Officials Say.
This summer, saying you run a touring rock festival has become like saying you enjoy burning money.
The director of a Haitian orphanage says thankfully her building held up but she says the surrounding area looks like a bomb went off and bodies line the streets.
It's a Guac-Off: He Says Serrano, She Says Lime Juice.
Marc Jacobs, more than anyone, knows that it's not what you say but how you say it.
Marc Jacobs, more than anyone, knows that it's not what you say it, but how you say it.
"I think there's a set of assumptions about race in the US and stereotypical behaviors associated with race that underlie the use of pimp , so that people can defend the use of pimp by saying that it doesn't really mean that," says Lefkowitz.
Watchdog group says a LANL weapons laboratory is dangerous LANL says it's fine.
How do you know if Barack Obama is unhappy with what you're saying— or not saying.
Most Americans would say no, whereas much of the rest of the world says yes.

In science:

Let G be a type-definable group in a stable theory, say over a parameter set A. (i) We say that G is connected if it has no proper type-definable subgroups of bounded index (over any parameters). (ii) Let B ⊇ A.
Definability of groups in $\aleph_0$-stable metric structures
Then, if |B | is a we say that B links A positively and if |B | is b we say that B links A negatively.
On tabulating virtual strings
Suppose that the extension is not, say left faithful, then there exists a proper left ideal, say L, of D(A) such that Qi∈Ir ,j∈Jr D(A)∆(i,j) ⊗D(A) (D(A)/L) = 0, equivalently, there exists a sufficiently large natural number k such that ∆(i, j)k ∈ L for all i ∈ Ir , j ∈ Jr .
Generators and defining relations for ring of differential operators on smooth affine algebraic variety in prime characteristic
In other words, what the color-matching property (3.2.2) says is this: Let v be an arbitrary vertex of G with, say, r incoming and s outgoing edges.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
We say that a measure µ is Λk -invariant if µ = µ ◦ λ(i) for each λ(i) ∈ Λk ; we say that µ is Λ-invariant if µ ◦ λ(i) = µ for every i.
Order-invariant measures on causal sets