Definition of old wives' tale in English:

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old wives' tale


A widely held traditional belief that is now thought to be unscientific or incorrect.
Example sentences
  • I fear you are repeating what is now widely regarded as an old wives' tale!
  • It is an old wives' tale that this is supposed to be lucky, but I have no idea why.
  • In addition to formal calendars using certain flowers, superstitions and old wives' tales about plants and flowers abound for each month of the year.

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