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OLD WIVES' TALE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does old wives' tale mean? 

OLD WIVES' TALE (noun)
  The noun OLD WIVES' TALE has 1 sense:

1. a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth

  Familiarity information: OLD WIVES' TALE used as a noun is very rare.


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OLD WIVES' TALE (noun)


Sense 1old wives' tale [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A bit of lore passed on by word of mouth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("old wives' tale" is a kind of...):

lore; traditional knowledge (knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote)


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