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Definition of time-worn in English:


Damaged or made less interesting or attractive as a result of age or much use: the time-worn faces of the veterans a time-worn aphorism
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  • I think your concern is that it may not continue to work in the future, and Georgia represents a threat to you all, that your time-worn strategy just won't hold up in the future.
  • But not satisfied with mere hypocrisy, they also add this time-worn lie.
  • The time-worn argument that conservatives have authoritarian personalities is, more or less, a nasty way of recasting my thesis.
decrepit, shabby, scruffy, unkempt;
informal tatty, ratty, the worse for wear
North American informal raggedy, raggedy-ass
Australian informal warby
rare out at elbows
old, aged, ancient, weathered, lined, wrinkled, hoary
hackneyed, trite, banal, vapid, platitudinous, clichéd, cliché-ridden, stock, conventional, unoriginal, derivative, overused, overworked, worn out, threadbare, tired, stale, dull, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum, stereotyped
informal old hat, corny, played out, hacky

Words that rhyme with time-worn

careworn • shopworn

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