has–been

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noun \ˈhaz-ˌbin, -ˌben, chiefly British -ˌbēn\

Definition of has–been

  1. :  one that has passed the peak of effectiveness or popularity

First Known Use of has–been

1606


HAS–BEEN Defined for English Language Learners

has-been

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Definition of has–been for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is no longer popular or successful

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