Something, most often a phrase or expression, that is overused or used outside its original context, so that its original impact and meaning are lost. A trite saying; a platitude. [from 19th c.]
Kidnapping the love interest during a film is a bit of a cliché.
(printing) A stereotype (printing plate).
- hackneyed expression
- hackneyed phrase
- threadbare phrase
- tired phrase
- trite remark