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adjective
old-fashioned; dated.
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

old hat

adjective
(postpositive) old-fashioned or trite
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Cultural definitions for old hat

old hat

Obsolete, old-fashioned: “Get with it, Murray; your methods are strictly old hat.”

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