Origin of has-been
Examples from the Web for has-been
As for the event itself, well, the has-been is Sarah Palin, and the obnoxious man is Donald Trump.
As a writer Shepard is not nearly in the land of the has-been.
So significant,” he burst out, “that the minute the Express appears this afternoon Harrison Blake is a has-been!Counsel for the Defense|Leroy Scott
"We haven't a has-been in the bunch," asserted Silence quietly.Frank Merriwell's Son|Burt L. Standish
"Be careful, and don't make me a has-been," David cautioned.To Him That Hath|Leroy Scott
The Will-be and the Has-been touch us more nearly than the Is.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler|Samuel Butler
If you don't, I can tell you that it's a fact; not a 'has-been', but an 'is'!The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush|Francis Lynde