Definition of proverbial adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    proverbial

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//prəˈvərbiəl//
     
     
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  1. 1[only before noun] used to show that you are referring to a particular proverb or well-known phrase Let's not count our proverbial chickens. He drinks like the proverbial fish.
  2. 2[not usually before noun] well known and talked about by a lot of people synonym famous Their hospitality is proverbial.
proverbially
 
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adverb Reporters are proverbially heavy drinkers.
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