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See synonyms for: has-beenhas-beens on Thesaurus.com

  1. a person or thing that is no longer effective, successful, popular, etc.

Origin of has-been

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby has-been

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How to use has-been in a sentence

  • "Be careful, and don't make me a has-been," David cautioned.

    To Him That Hath | Leroy Scott
  • Returned home, and friendly received in his high rank of a “has-been” and “recovered” prodigal?

    Walter Pieterse | Multatuli
  • I wanted t' make you a real lady—t' take you away from Mulligan's—but now—I'm only—a 'has-been.'

    The Definite Object | Jeffery Farnol
  • The boss hired him to stand on the stairs for a kind of scenery to show there was something doing in the has-been line upstairs.

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry

British Dictionary definitions for has-been


  1. informal a person or thing that is no longer popular, successful, effective, etc

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