Proverbial meaning

prə-vûrbē-əl
The definition of proverbial is something well-known or commonly referred to.

When someone always uses the same old excuse, over and over again until it becomes old news, this is an example of that person's proverbial excuse.

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Of the nature of a proverb.
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Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous.
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Expressed in a proverb.
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(euphemistic) Used to replace a word that might be considered unacceptable in a particular situation, when using a well-known phrase.

I think we should be prepared in case the proverbial hits the fan.

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Expressed in a proverb.
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Well-known because commonly referred to.

The proverbial glamour of Paris.

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Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, cliché, fable, or fairy tale.
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I grew up in a prefab house on Main Street in 1950s suburbia, the second and last child of a proverbial nuclear family.

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(euphemistic) The groin or the testicles.
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Of, or having the nature of, a proverb.
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Origin of proverbial