2. Adjective. (context: of a word or phrase) hackneyed or clichéd ¹
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Definition of Overused
1. overuse [v] - See also: overuse
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Literary usage of Overused
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1. Ten-minute Activitiesby Martha Cheney, Ethel Condon, Marilyn Evans by Martha Cheney, Ethel Condon, Marilyn Evans (2001)
"Then say, "We are going to lay to rest some very overused, boring words that keep writing from ... Write an overused adjective or adverb on the tombstone. ..."
2. The Elements of Rhetoric and Composition by Ashley Horace Thorndike (1905)
"Some overused expressions, however, have done all the work they are capable of, ... Some pretentious expressions might also be classed under overused words ..."
3. Suggestions to Authors of Papers Submitted for Publication by the the United by Geological Survey (U.S.), George McLane Wood (1913)
"WORDS MISUSED OR overused. The word "occur," meaning to appear or to be present, is very much employed in geologic literature, in many relations with ..."
4. The Stenographer's and Correspondent's Handbook: A Reference Work on by International Correspondence Schools (1910)
"By avoiding such overused phrases and expressions the writer will make his ... Trustworthy is often a better word than reliable, which is somewhat overused. ..."
5. Status of Open Recommendations: Improving Operations of Federal Departments edited by James F. Hinchman (1998)
"We also reported that these screens do not target medical procedures that are overused nationwide. (Up to several hundred million dollars per year of ..."
6. High-Risk Program: Information on Selected High-Risk Areas (Federal Programs by Gene L. Dodaro (1998)
"We also reported that these screens do not target medical procedures that are overused nationwide. (Up to several hundred million dollars per year are at ..."