old hat


Definition of old hat

2 : lacking in freshness : trite

Examples of old hat in a Sentence

I suppose my favorite joke's a bit old hat by now. Making hit movies is old hat for him.

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For Rypien, who ran pro-style sets at Boise State, much of it was old hat. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How the Broncos joined the NFL’s playbook revolution from back pockets to iPads," 31 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Concerns about Europe falling behind in technology, too, are old hat. The Economist, "The Europeans want their own Vision Fund to invest in tech," 31 Aug. 2019 Luckily there's nothing unique about this scam, the usual rules for protecting yourself from email scams apply and, hopefully, are old hat at this point. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Get Primed for Prime Day With These Tips and Early Deals," 14 July 2019 For folks in the Bay Area, some of Kellogg’s tips — carry a reusable bag, don’t use a straw — are already old hat. Andrea L. Dooley, SFChronicle.com, "Take this first step for a zero-waste lifestyle," 2 July 2019 For Buffs holdovers such as wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini and running backs coach Darian Hagan, the dance steps around the Front Range are old hat. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why Mel Tucker’s football recruiting at CU feels “entirely different” for in-state coaches," 30 June 2019 The subject feels truly fresh and transgressive, while nubility is beginning to seem like, well, old hat. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘Flash Count Diary,’ Darcey Steinke Documents the Enigma, the Rage and the Power of Menopause," 26 June 2019 Now that formal innovation in theater has itself become old hat, there seems to be a hunger for realism and the possibility of an everyman in the midst of identity politics. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 Some of the issues Netflix faces are old hat to traditional TV networks, who have long given leeway to powerful producers. Joe Flint, WSJ, "At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?," 10 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of old hat

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of old hat

: seen or done many times and no longer interesting

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