EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ADAGE

A short life and a merry one,' seems the adage in favour here.

"'It never rains but it pours,' says the Irish adage," resumed she.

It was a first love of mine, and, as the adage says, 'only revient toujours.'

The explanation of this adage is not here assumed, nor its community of relation.

He subscribes to the adage: 'Love so, as if you may hate one day, and hate so, as if you may love one day'.

In them, the adage was verified, "As thy days so shall thy strength be."

Merriman repeated to himself the adage, though he did not find it at all comforting.

"You're playing with me like the cat in the adage," he sighed.

There was no insurance in those days; La Salle did indeed experience the truth of the adage that "sorrows come in troops."

He was a strong believer in the adage, "Where there is a will, there is a way."

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."

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