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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HACKNEYED

We amuse him more than the hackneyed comrades he has worn out.

And are you, my dear friend, to be duped by this hackneyed word?

But the stranger was not to be deceived by so hackneyed a device.

Each gentleman addressed her with some hackneyed compliment.

How easy the hackneyed phrase "taking steps" sounded to Caius!

Reason three, a hackneyed but very present trouble was the weather.

His anger thrilled out in a feeble stream of hackneyed profanities.

I must now show the hackneyed use of contents as a singular noun.

His letter contains one passage which can hardly be hackneyed from over-quotation.

Off it, he had one favoured phrase, hackneyed, but effective.

WORD ORIGIN

1769, "kept for hire," past participle adjective from hackney. The figurative sense of "trite, so overused as to have become uninteresting" is older, 1749, from hack (n.2) in special sense of "one who writes anything for hire."

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