hackneyed idea

See: platitude
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This inspirational approach tackles head on the hackneyed idea that not knowing how to boil an egg is a display of shameful ignorance.
Yes, I know, it's a hackneyed idea - but not with the original spin that the precociously talented Meadows gives to his story and characters.
There was a reality jolt, however, with the hackneyed idea of one of the lawmen on their trail.
Some of these cartoons are painfully predictable, some are poorly written, and many, many employ tired, hackneyed ideas that we merely retread with updated news.
As is common with most hackneyed ideas, there remains a grain of absolute truth at the heart of the issue.
Snodgrass insists on perhaps the two most hackneyed ideas about the genre available to us.