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Kennon winced at the cliche It was so ancient that it had lost all meaning.

The beautiful casts of the French medals known to all electrotypers as Cliche moulds are in the alloy No. 3.

As the cliche goes, "With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow."

They were molded in an old system, and could not change their cliche.

There is a cliche in nearly every line of the Athenæum's discriminating notice.

First, Engraved plate or Cliche representing the ornament with which the edge is to be decorated.

WORD ORIGIN

1825, "electrotype, stereotype," from French cliché, a technical word in printer's jargon for "stereotype block," noun use of past participle of clicher "to click" (18c.), supposedly echoic of the sound of a mold striking molten metal. Figurative extension to "trite phrase, worn-out expression" is first attested 1888, following the course of stereotype. Related: Cliched (1928).

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