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  • She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
  • The most hackneyed phrase in Silicon Valley these days is "We’re the next Google."
  • Consider using terms that were published in the job requirement in your résumé, even if it means using hackneyed expressions like "highly motivated self-starter." Often this technique gets you past the first computer screening.
  • She wrote, "It remains to be seen." No matter how true, the hackneyed phrase disturbed his sense of creativity.

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  • It may not be better than what’s been written before, but at least it’s an attempt to add to the dialogue rather than another hackneyed reiteration of Plato.
  • She outlined her speech in hackneyed expressions, but delivered it with moving examples from her constituents.
  • But that expression of violently in love’ is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The film employs the now rather hackneyed device of switching between black-and-white and color to indicate a dream.
  • That was what remained: a few stupid war stories, hackneyed and unprofound.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It was fresh enough, at least, and it was his own, it wasn’t part of a hackneyed trend in scripts.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey

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  • So what if her first original words in months were the most hackneyed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The men leaned back on their heels, put their hands in their trousers-pockets, and proclaimed their views with the booming profundity of a prosperous male repeating a thoroughly hackneyed statement about a matter of which he knows nothing whatever.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • These reflections appealed to Gordon just because they were so hackneyed.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Sound of mating birds, sound of spring blossoms dropping in the tranquil air, the bark of sleepy dogs at midnight; who is to set them down and make them anything but hackneyed?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • But that expression of "violently in love" is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I have seen a gipsy vagabond; she has practised in hackneyed fashion the science of palmistry and told me what such people usually tell.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • it was hateful to find himself the prisoner of this hackneyed vocabulary.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Beneath the everyday incidents, the commonplace thoughts and hackneyed words, I could hear...
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Rieux had already noticed Grand’s trick of professing to quote some turn of speech from "his part of the world" (he hailed from Montelimar), and following up with some such hackneyed expression as "lost in dreams," or "pretty as a picture."
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He had remained true enough to himself for art to imitate life however feebly, to the very end of Misery’s hackneyed adventures.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The view thence of Florence is most beautiful—far better than the hackneyed view of Fiesole.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • doth any know and lay to heart— CREON Is this the prelude to some hackneyed saw?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Without question, such hackneyed phrases as "tell mother I died for my country," reported as the dying words of many a Civil War soldier, were a sentimental convention.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Yet if she did not quite exist in the full flood of sunlight, which is the hackneyed metaphor for good health, she was comfortably and safely far away from that abyssal darkness down into which she had nearly strayed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It is now necessary for me to use the rather hackneyed phrase "meanwhile, back at the ranch."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • As he bowed over her he smiled, and quoted the hackneyed and beautiful lines from The Rape of the Lock about Belinda’s diamonds, "which Jews might kiss and infidels adore."
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • How could the born lady—the recluse of half a lifetime, utterly unpractised in the world, at sixty years of age,—how could she ever dream of succeeding, when the hard, vulgar, keen, busy, hackneyed New England woman had lost five dollars on her little outlay!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • For which hackneyed quotation I will make the reader amends by a very noble one, which few, I believe, have read.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Besides, though taste latterly had deteriorated to a degree, original music like that, different from the conventional rut, would rapidly have a great vogue as it would be a decided novelty for Dublin’s musical world after the usual hackneyed run of catchy tenor solos foisted on a confiding public by Ivan St Austell and Hilton St Just and their genus omne.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of WORDS chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of PHRASES tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • As for the parents, they were determined upon spiritualizing the world as much as possible, and, once the hymn was concluded, the father launched into one of those hackneyed descriptions of the delights of a release, via self-realization of the mercy of God and the love of Christ and the will of God toward sinners, from the burdensome cares of an evil conscience.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Her eyes followed his, searching among the new paraphernalia, the trapezes over the water, the swinging rings, the portable bathhouses, the floating towers, the searchlights from last night’s fêtes, the modernistic buffet, white with a hackneyed motif of endless handlebars.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It was not wounded vanity that drove me to it, and for God’s sake do not thrust upon me your hackneyed remarks, repeated to nausea, that "I was only a dreamer," while they even then had an understanding of life.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • In the galleries the enthusiasm was unreserved; in the stalls and boxes, people smiled a little at the hackneyed sentiments and clap-trap situations, and enjoyed the play as much as the galleries did.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Then take my word for it, — I am not a villain: you are not to suppose that — not to attribute to me any such bad eminence; but, owing, I verily believe, rather to circumstances than to my natural bent, I am a trite commonplace sinner, hackneyed in all the poor petty dissipations with which the rich and worthless try to put on life.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • —Every line, every word was—in the hackneyed metaphor which their dear writer, were she here, would forbid—a dagger to my heart.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Before commencing, it is but fair to warn you that the story will sound somewhat hackneyed in your ears; but stale details often regain a degree of freshness when they pass through new lips.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It is very difficult, experts have told us, to find a needle in a haystack, which is why "needle in a haystack" has become a rather hackneyed phrase meaning "something that is difficult to find."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • The word "hackneyed" here means "used by so, so many writers that by the time Lemony Snicket uses it, it is a tiresome cliché."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed...
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language  -- 06/28/06)
  • One’s palate gets so tired of the old hackneyed things: here was a dish with a new flavour, with a taste like nothing else on earth.
    Jerome, Jerome K.  --  Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog)
  • For which hackneyed quotation I will make the reader amends by a very noble one, which few, I believe, have read.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • The effect, to use a hackneyed but convenient phrase, can better be imagined than described.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  The Golden Road
  • "I suppose," Wingrave answered, "that it depends upon the point of view, to use a hackneyed phrase."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • (the hackneyed phrases expressed precisely the curious sensation), he felt happy and anxious and expectant.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Philip had a queer feeling in his heart, it seemed very full, it seemed to melt (the hackneyed phrases expressed precisely the curious sensation), he felt happy and anxious and expectant.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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