old hat

adjective

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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 For the average voter on either side of the political divide, however, the shock of seeing Trump at the defense table in a courtroom has become stunningly old hat. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 14 Apr. 2024 Of course, in authoritarian countries, such appeals are old hat. Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs, 14 Aug. 2018 The bad news for those workers is that big cities are hardly old hat, and Moretti anticipates that they’re primed for a major comeback. Jane Thier, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2024 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Even if hobnobbing with celebs is old hat to Swift, watching her boyfriend win the Super Bowl in overtime was still a thrill. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for old hat 

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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 16 Jul. 2024.

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