old hat


: lacking in freshness : trite

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of old hat was in 1911

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“Old hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20hat. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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