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The West and the East were met in conflict,—the old and the new, the stale and the fresh.

He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.

But now came a tide of other news, and almost all of it was stale stuff to him.

Then, mix with it three stale rusks or small sponge-cakes, grated also.

But the mixture was undoubtedly flat, stale and unprofitable.

But life has a way of punching up even a stale young writer.

It must be eaten at once, or it will be as stale as ever when cold.

Any thing dirty spoils the appearance, any thing bad tasted or stale spoils the flavour, and salt prevents its browning.

If the bloody vein in the shoulder look blue, or of a bright red, it is newly killed; but any other colour shows it stale.

That's how I got rid of all that stale candy you had in the boxes behind the showcase.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "freed from dregs or lees" (of ale, wine, etc.), i.e. "having stood long enough to clear," cognate with Middle Dutch stel "stale" (of beer), and probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic base *sta- "stand," the source of Old English standan "to stand," Perhaps via Old French estaler "halt," from Frankish *stal- "position" (see stall (n.1)). The meaning "not fresh" is first recorded late 15c. Figurative sense (of immaterial things) is recorded from 1560s. Related: Staleness.

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