old hat

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  1. old-fashioned; dated.

  2. trite from having long been used or known.

Origin of old hat

First recorded in 1745–55

Words Nearby old hat

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How to use old hat in a sentence

  • Heidi wrapped it round her old hat and laid it on the top of the basket, so that the red package was quite conspicuous.

    Heidi | Johanna Spyri
  • When Lady Tempest visited him the next time, she, to her great astonishment, perceived him still with his old hat on.

  • The remains of the turkey, a pair of finger-bowls, his old hat—all these came hastily into his mind, and were dismissed.

    Happy Days | Alan Alexander Milne
  • His music publisher met him in the streets of Paris, wearing a wretched old hat and looking very seedy.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna | Clara Louise Kellogg

British Dictionary definitions for old hat

old hat

  1. (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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