trite from having long been used or known.
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Origin of old hat
First recorded in 1745–55
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British Dictionary definitions for old hat
(postpositive) old-fashioned or trite
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Culture definitions for old hat
Obsolete, old-fashioned: “Get with it, Murray; your methods are strictly old hat.”
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