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has-been Line breaks: has-been
Pronunciation: /ˈhazbiːn/

Definition of has-been in English:


A person or thing considered to be outmoded or no longer of any significance: a political has-been
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  • The Labour backbenches are now stuffed with the disappointed, the thwarted, the fired, the has-beens and those that were never likely to amount to anything in the first place.
  • The show, which begins tomorrow and features the traditional line-up of has-beens and never-weres, is nonetheless set to attract a massive audience.
  • He was the one genuine watchable talent in a particularly gruesome collection of minor career-boosting has-beens and wannabe-agains.

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