well-worn

ADJECTIVE
  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. showing signs of much wear or use
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How To Use well-worn In A Sentence

  • It's a familiar and rather well-worn mechanic, but the sepia-toned graphical overlay is a stylish touch and the extravagant rag doll physics sends your victim rocketing through the air like a crazed acrobat, which is fun to behold and suitably reminiscent of a Peckinpah bloodbath. Blogposts | guardian.co.uk
  • Working quickly, she dug into the center of her bag for dry clothes that had avoided the driving penetration of the cool October rain and pulled on a sweatshirt and well-worn jeans.
  • The story covers much well-worn territory, and the dialogue can be clunky. Times, Sunday Times
  • So, okay, he must have left sometime after 1100 hours G.M.T. but before 1145 hours G.M.T., at almost exactly which time I returned to the cabin and brushed as well as I could all the particles of snow still clinging to my wool jacket and gloves and knitted ski cap, sea-green, and my blue jeans and rugged, well-worn work boots. Self-Destruction, Vol. 1
  • We clambered over the stile and onto a well-worn path fringed by dry rotting undergrowth.
  • Its paperboard ends covered with marbleized paper enclose thirty-six well-worn pages of laid rag paper.
  • The man was dressed plainly; a pair of soft trousers tucked into well-worn boots and a faded tunic belted at the waist with an aged leather thong.
  • Nor is there much deviation from the well-worn formula. Times, Sunday Times
  • In her "Introduction" to Kissing the Rod, Germaine Greer comments that the "attempt to versify on religious themes was a discipline intended to focus concentration on well-worn pious truisms" (12). My Name Was Martha: A Renaissance Woman's Autobiographical Poem
  • The well-worn cliche of the writer starving in the garret is so much more picturesque than the bitter reality of living in poverty with a child. Boing Boing: May 19, 2002 - May 25, 2002 Archives
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