“Adage (noun): An often quoted saying.
‘The urge to be first with the facts on Wolfe appears to have reflected an authentic version of the old academic adage: for Halberstadt it was ‘scoop or perish.’ He may accomplish both. Eliot Fremont-Smith, Village Voice.'”
Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.