A cliché is a stock expression used again and again. It has "lost its freshness and vigour through overuse, and suggests insincerity, lack of thought or laziness on the part of the writer".
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- leave no stone unturned
- none the worse for wear
- explore every avenue
- food for thought
- dead as a doornail
- avoid like the plague
- the name of the game
- the bottom line
- there's no smoke without fire
- from time immemorial
Style guides advise writers to avoid clichés.
References[change | change source]
- McArthur, Tom 1992. The Oxford companion to the English language. Oxford University Press, p222. ISBN 0-19-214183-X