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Damaged or made less interesting or attractive as a result of age or much use:‘the time-worn faces of the veterans’‘a time-worn aphorism’
old, aged, ancient, weathered, lined, wrinkled, hoaryhackneyed, trite, banal, vapid, platitudinous, clichéd, cliché-ridden, stock, conventional, unoriginal, derivative, overused, overworked, worn out, threadbare, tired, stale, dull, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum, stereotypedworn out, worn, well worn, oldView synonyms
- ‘But not satisfied with mere hypocrisy, they also add this time-worn lie.’
- ‘The Congress party has appeared to prefer to adhere to the time-worn and traditional formulations adopted on these issues.’
- ‘Think about it before you reel off your time-worn line about using a false premise.’
- ‘Nevertheless, to rehash a time-worn axiom, there's an exception to every rule and that holds true for baseball records even when comparing those for rookies to ones established by veterans.’
- ‘Rather, I've come to the diplomatic conclusion that intentionally beat-up production simply complements bands who are bent on re-examining time-worn musical ideas.’
- ‘Predictably, the media shaped the saga of the rescued miners according to time-worn journalistic methods, massaging it into a ‘good news’ story, while working to turn the miners themselves into momentary celebrities.’
- ‘You can say that coaching wins over everything, or stopping the run is essential - time-worn lessons we have embossed into our minds - but the key is to look forward.’
- ‘They rejuvenate their age-old vocal style by breathing new life into some time-worn standards.’
- ‘You're outside that time-worn tale in which there is a husband, children and a family.’
- ‘Having previously had to admit that the ‘children overboard’ claims were false, Howard fell back on his time-worn defence that he acted simply on advice from the military and intelligence agencies.’
- ‘The non-identical twins come from Artemisa, a time-worn colonial town 60 km from Havana.’
- ‘When this happens Prime Ministers can fall back on two time-worn responses: relaunches or reshuffles.’
- ‘I think your concern is that it may not continue to work in the future, and Georgia represents a threat to you all, that your time-worn strategy just won't hold up in the future.’
- ‘This is the stuff formed in the time-worn fabric of family and community.’
- ‘I'm not pressing for new names for time-worn concepts, I'm objecting to the way people treat English grammar as if it were a frozen collection of eternal truths like Pythagorean geometry.’
- ‘The time-worn argument that conservatives have authoritarian personalities is, more or less, a nasty way of recasting my thesis.’
- ‘An historical city of time-worn beauty doesn't have to worry what other people think.’
- ‘We have a time-worn set of criss-cross paths already, well used the year round and don't require lorry loads of stones or whatever to improve them.’
- ‘He had then made the time-worn accusation that the pretensions of the courts reduced the kingdom to an aristocracy of magistrates.’
- ‘But, to thieve a time-worn phrase, there are probably as many answers to the second question as there are economists.’
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