- It is littered with hackneyed phrases and lazy commonplaces.
- His boss can take even a hackneyed phrase and let it dangle suggestively in the air until a dozen meanings reveal themselves.
- Maybe it's time to trot out that hackneyed phrase about ‘the pace of modern life’.
Mid 18th century: from the archaic verb hackney (see hackney), meaning 'use (a horse) for ordinary riding', later 'make commonplace by overuse'.
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