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The definition of hackneyed is something cliché that has been overused or done too much.
An example of hackneyed writing is writing that is full of cliches and boring phrases that have been used by countless other authors.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
made trite by overuse
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.