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.
Recent Examples on the Web After all, one moment’s zeitgeist is another’s old hat, even if that hat is spangled. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Hamilton’ Was Just the Beginning. Hollywood Loves Broadway, Again.," 4 Nov. 2020 That being said, the song is nothing terribly new -- the beat and melody sound a bit old hat, and the song sounds like one added to fill out the album's 57-minute runtime. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "All 17 Songs From Sam Smith's 'Love Goes' Ranked: Critic's Picks," 30 Oct. 2020 Suddenly, Biden was wearing his old hat as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden’s Refreshingly Trump-Free Town Hall," 16 Oct. 2020 To Frank, a veteran journalist in his final years of a long, distinguished radio and print career in Portsmouth, this assignment was old hat. Bob Strickley, The Enquirer, "My friend Frank: A glimpse at a remarkable career in local journalism," 17 Sep. 2020 Thinking back to these moments made this portion of the cooking process seem like old hat. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "9 tips for making the perfect ricotta gnocchi at home," 15 Sep. 2020 For many Bay Area residents, preparing for hurricane season is old hat. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Storm season plus COVID-19: How to be prepared in the Bay Area," 20 Aug. 2020 For now, because, nights like these are swiftly becoming old hat for the 2018 second-round pick out of Duke. oregonlive, "Damian Lillard, the mentor, and Gary Trent Jr., the pupil, put on a show in Portland Trail Blazers’ win over Denver," 7 Aug. 2020 Nowadays, the United Kingdom is old hat at logging data digitally. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Bored at Home? Help Great Britain ‘Rescue’ Its Old Rainfall Records," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of old hat

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2020

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“Old hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20hat. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of old hat

: seen or done many times and no longer interesting

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