- worn or marred, as goods exposed and handled in a store.
- trite; hackneyed.
Origin of shopworn
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Examples from the Web for shop-worn
I could now see that her face was the color of a shop-worn lemon.A Bicycle of Cathay
Frank R. Stockton
And beauty without brains isn't real beauty at all, but a sad, shop-worn, tear-wringing imitation.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
But nine times in ten it is some dog's-eared, shop-worn quotation from one of the "standard" bards, usually Shakspere.The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays
But if the shop-worn phrase "human document" can ever be fittingly applied, no better instance can be found than this.Essays on Russian Novelists
William Lyon Phelps
As for those suggestions that the answer is higher taxes, the American people have repeatedly rejected that shop-worn advice.
- the US word for shopsoiled
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Word Origin and History for shop-worn
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