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twice-told

[twahys-tohld]
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adjective
  1. having been told before; related two times.

Origin of twice-told

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for twice-told

Historical Examples

  • This has been particularly the fortune of the Twice-Told Tales.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851

    Various

  • His triumphant capture of the oil trade is a twice-told tale.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • I am sure, Dolores, you must be wearied of this more than twice-told tale.

  • Compared with these most others are "twice-told tales" indeed.

    The Young Man and the World

    Albert J. Beveridge

  • The Twice-Told Tales, charming as they are, do not constitute a very massive literary pedestal.

    Hawthorne

    Henry James, Junr.


British Dictionary definitions for twice-told

twice-told

adjective
  1. hackneyed through repeated use
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