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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

old′ wives'′ tale`(n.)

  1. a traditional, often superstitious, belief or story.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. old wives' tale(noun)

    a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth

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  1. 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 unverified claims with exaggerated and/or untrue details. Today old wives' tales are still common among children in school playgrounds. Old wives' tales often concern pregnancy, puberty and nutrition.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

old wives' tale

a superstitious and misleading story.

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