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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hack·ney, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hackneyed p. pr. & vb. n. Hackneying.]
 1. To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or commonplace; as, a hackneyed metaphor or quotation.
 Had I so lavish of my presence been,
 So common-hackneyed in the eyes of men.   --Shak.
 2. To carry in a hackney coach.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic
            sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace";
            "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating
            threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom";
            "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn: banal, commonplace,
             old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn,
             tired, trite, well-worn]