old wives' tale

old wives' tale
noun Date: circa 1590 an often traditional belief that is not based on fact ; superstition

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  • old wives' tale — old wives tales N COUNT An old wives tale is a traditional belief which is incorrect. Ann Bradley dispels the old wives tales and gives the medical facts …   English dictionary

  • old wives’ tale — [n] superstition fairy story, fallacy, false belief, folklore, folk tale, legend, lore, myth, notion, tall story, tall tale; concepts 282,689 …   New thesaurus

  • old wives' tale — old wives ,tale noun count a traditional belief that many people think is wrong or silly because there is no scientific proof of it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • old wives' tale — A proverb or piece of advice that is commonly accepted as truth and is handed down the generations, but is sometimes false …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • old wives' tale — old′ wives ′ tale n. a traditional, often superstitious, belief or story …   From formal English to slang

  • old wives' tale — ► NOUN ▪ a widely held traditional belief that is now thought to be unscientific or incorrect …   English terms dictionary

  • old wives' tale — n. a silly story or superstitious belief …   English World dictionary

  • old wives' tale — noun a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑lore, ↑traditional knowledge * * * a traditional belief, story, or idea that is often of a superstitious nature. [1670 80] * * * old wives tale 1. A superstitious or misleading …   Useful english dictionary

  • Old wives' tale — For the English novel, see The Old Wives Tale. An old wives tale is a type of urban legend, similar to a proverb, which is generally passed down by old wives to a younger generation. Such tales usually consist of superstition, folklore or… …   Wikipedia

  • old wives' tale — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms old wives tale : singular old wives tale plural old wives tales a traditional belief that many people think is wrong or silly because there is no scientific proof of it …   English dictionary

  • old wives' tale —    A traditional belief or idea which has been proved wrong by science is called an old wives tale.     The belief that chocolate causes acne is an old wives tale …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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