hackneyed phrase

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I suppose," Wingrave answered, "that it depends upon the point of view, to use a hackneyed phrase.
Vas Kor," he repeated aloud, "blessed be your ancestors for this meeting," nor did the Dusarian guess the wealth of meaning that lay beneath that hackneyed phrase with which a Barsoomian acknowledges an introduction.
He seemed to express himself with difficulty, as though words were not the medium with which his mind worked; and you had to guess the intentions of his soul by hackneyed phrases, slang, and vague, unfinished gestures.
the hackneyed phrases expressed precisely the curious sensation), he felt happy and anxious and expectant.
I resolved, when I began to write this book, that I would be strictly truthful in all things; and so I will be, even if I have to employ hackneyed phrases for the purpose.
Wasson's larger point is that improvisation is, to use that hackneyed phrase, a uniquely American art form, a form of expression that could only have arisen in a country that enshrined free speech in its Constitution and valued bold, persistent experimentation, to use FDR's famous phrase.
And the hackneyed phrase "lessons will be learned" is becoming hollower by the day.
A hackneyed phrase, but even on a difficult day when his team took 20 minutes to start performing, Dai Young can take a number of positives.
If we hear one more locution implying that the Lebanese economy's doom is inevitable, or another hackneyed phrase about a banking sector that is trying to resist bad economic tides to the best of its ability while continuing to develop.
For the time being, the only certainty is that -- to invoke another hackneyed phrase -- there is no alternative.
For the time being, the only certainty is that - to invoke another hackneyed phrase - there is no alternative.
Professor de Paor is one of those people for whom the use of the hackneyed phrase Renaissance Man is actually appropriate.