commonplace expression

See: platitude
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Although she carefully confined herself to commonplace expressions of sympathy, I could see that it was equally a relief to both of us to feel that we were prevented from being traveling companions.
Such religiosity yet finds another commonplace expression in a public gathering where the guest speaker happens to be a priest.
Interestingly, the commonplace expression 'Venice of the north' was slow to be applied to the city (Peter intended it rather as a 'New Rome', and it was sometimes so taken in the eighteenth century).