Sometimes Allen retools a hackneyed plot and the bones show through—not this time.
It was slit-your-wrists dull, but in a hackneyed avant-garde manner.
Even the harmonized choral accents are hackneyed, ripped straight from her previous mega-hit “You Belong with Me.”
hackneyed chestnuts like that are reserved for old toastmasters, and yet, there we were.
Under normal circumstances, a politician being grilled by fifth-graders is hackneyed political theater.
We can only refer the reader's imagination to the one old, hackneyed but expressive, word—fairyland!
Reason three, a hackneyed but very present trouble was the weather.
The hackneyed simile of the cat and the mouse seemed to me to be especially applicable in the present instance.
His anger thrilled out in a feeble stream of hackneyed profanities.
Such was the creation of Scott's Abbotsford, a real 'romance in stone and lime,' to use the Frenchman's hackneyed phrase.
late 12c., from Old English Hacan ieg "Haca's Isle" (or possibly "Hook Island"), the "isle" element here meaning dry land in a marsh. Now well within London, it once was pastoral and horses apparently were kept there. Hence hackney "small saddle horse let out for hire" (c.1300), with subsequent deterioration of sense (see hack (n.2)). And cf. French haquenée "ambling nag," an English loan-word.