[ US /ˈʃɑpˌwɔɹn/ ]
  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    a stock answer
    his remarks were trite and commonplace
    parroting some timeworn axiom
    bromidic sermons
    the trite metaphor `hard as nails'
    repeating threadbare jokes
    hackneyed phrases
    bromidic sermons
    a stock answer
  2. worn or faded from being on display in a store
    shopworn merchandise at half price
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How To Use shopworn In A Sentence

  • This lack of sensitivity to the wellsprings of quality largely stems from shopworn but doggedly persistent ideas on where to economize.
  • Or better yet, might we construct a model that is both consistent with the evidence and more beneficial than either of those shopworn choices? Clay Farris Naff: Are We The Reason For The Universe's Existence? The Anthropic Principle Reconsidered
  • Exotic dancers, taxi drivers, cigarette girls, lawyers of the shopworn sort with dandruff on their lapels.
  • And the nuclear priesthood to borrow a phrase from the father of our "Nuclear Navy", Admiral Hyman Rickover still uses many words and concepts that were already shopworn decades ago. Rory O'Connor: No Word for Meltdown: Nukespeak Returns
  • Where Intolerable Cruelty is stylized and fun, Laws of Attraction is shopworn and flat.
  • His bag of tricks is so small, and so shopworn, it's almost as if he's writing the same column every week.
  • It is tarted up with shopworn absurdism, as when a moronic computer programmer jumps off that roof only to reappear without explanation to continue being moronic.
  • The beach garland is sunburned, a silt shopworn, hot, as well as full of waste -- no place for upon foot barefoot. Archive 2009-11-01
  • The problem with revenge stories is that they're a staple of American cinema and because of that, the genre is a little shopworn.
  • Short and stocky, a shopworn wool sweater carelessly worn backwards on occasion, Bob displayed an almost pixyish quality that was only enhanced by his lilting, Gaelic turn of phrase and charming absent-mindedness.
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