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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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 Directors have had to unlearn all the old ways it was once done. Billowing drapery, the dimming of lights, a sudden curtain: that entire evasive language is old hat, as obsolete a thing now as barrel staves and buggy whips. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Fucking Men struggles with onstage intimacy realness," 11 July 2018 The CfAD’s recommendations might seem like old hat: plant trees, improve public transit, build more bike lanes. Diana Budds, Curbed, "20 things every city can do to boost the quality of public life," 21 June 2018 Since then, nothing has become old hat, and more breweries are moving toward openings of their own. William Thornton, AL.com, "Unclaimed Baggage Center president to head Alabama Retail Association board," 27 Apr. 2018 For 14-year-old twins Aubrey and Cassidy Osborn, speaking at the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2018 conference will almost be old hat. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Tech-savvy teens from D204 are presenting at international conference," 1 June 2018 Most of the players at the New Orleans Saints are participating in their first NFL practices during this weekend's rookie minicamp, but the sessions are old hat for a few of them. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Saints to sign offensive lineman Michael Ola after tryout: source," 13 May 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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