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hackneyed


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hackney  \Hack"ney\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hackneyed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Hackneying}.] 
  1.  To  devote  to  common  or  frequent  use  as  a  horse  or 
  carriage;  to  wear  out  in  common  service;  to  make  trite  or 
  commonplace;  as  a  hackneyed  metaphor  or  quotation. 
 
  Had  I  lavish  of  my  presence  been  So 
  common-hackneyed  in  the  eyes  of  men.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  carry  in  a  hackney  coach.  --Cowper. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hackneyed 
  adj  :  repeated  too  often  overfamiliar  through  overuse;  "bromidic 
  sermons";  "his  remarks  were  trite  and  commonplace"; 
  "hackneyed  phrases";  "a  stock  answer";  "repeating 
  threadbare  jokes";  "parroting  some  timeworn  axiom"; 
  "the  trite  metaphor  `hard  as  nails'"  [syn:  {banal},  {commonplace}, 
  {shopworn},  {stock(a)},  {threadbare},  {timeworn},  {tired}, 
  {trite},  {well-worn}] 




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