Hackneyed or timeworn expression e.g. 'shifting sands' or 'busy as bees'.
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an over-used phrase or expression
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a stereotyped expression which is overused e.g. 'the dawn of a new era'.
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an over-used phrase or opinion: sick as a parrot; her eyes shone like stars; too many cooks spoil the broth. May be idiomatic.
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[ French cliché
, from clicher
to stereotype.] A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief. Cliché casting
, a mode of obtaining an impression from a die or woodcut, or the like, by striking it suddenly upon metal ...
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• (n.) A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief.
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An expression or idea that has been used so often that everybody takes it for granted; near prejudice.
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Type casting is the purest form of cliche in the industry. Stereotypical depictions of characters is also cliche. These phenomena occur when a phrase, type, or technique (visual or illuminatory) are over-played. Cliche is almost synonymous with passe' in the film industry though cliches are occasionally replayed
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A cliché is an electrotype or a stereotype cast from an engraving, especially from a woodcut.
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Phrase that has been used so often, any effect it once had is lost, for example `over the moon`, `green with envy`. The word is derived from the French word for a stereotype block – a block made for printing a phrase that was in constant use, to save the printer having to set each letter separately
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A cliché or cliche (eɪ or eɪ) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. In phraseology, the term has taken on a more technical m...
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