Clicher



[klee-shey, kli-] /kliˈʃeɪ, klɪ-/

noun
1.
a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
2.
(in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.
3.
anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.
4.
British Printing.

adjective
5.
trite; hackneyed; stereotyped; clichéd.
/ˈkliːʃeɪ/
noun
1.
a word or expression that has lost much of its force through overexposure, as for example the phrase: it’s got to get worse before it gets better
2.
an idea, action, or habit that has become trite from overuse
3.
(printing, mainly Brit) a stereotype or electrotype plate
n.

1825, “electrotype, stereotype,” from French cliché, a technical word in printer’s jargon for “stereotype block,” noun use of past participle of clicher “to click” (18c.), supposedly echoic of the sound of a mold striking molten metal. Figurative extension to “trite phrase, worn-out expression” is first attested 1888, following the course of stereotype. Related: Cliched (1928).

A much used expression that has lost its freshness and descriptive power. Some clichés are “I thank you from the bottom of my heart” and “It’s only a drop in the bucket.”

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