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Of the many synonyms on offer, adage is a good fit: A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth


It can be described as a set phrase: (grammar) A common expression whose wording is not subject to variation. (


I would say that such phrases are hackneyed, which the OED defines as: 7a. To make common by indiscriminate everyday usage; to render too familiar, vulgar, trite, or commonplace. Also with out, about, upon. But I also see them as platitudes and clich├ęs.


You might be referring to an idiom: "...a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. [...] There are thousands of idioms, and they occur frequently in all languages."


Saying - A common phrase or expression, esp. a proverb, a maxim, an adage (OED).


I'm rather found of colloquialism a word or expression used in casual language by common people.

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