from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Past participle of overwear.
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- adj. worn out
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Worn out or subdued by toil; worn out so as to be trite.
We can supercharge our talk with n|om, and allow it to spring forth as a different kind of arrow that disrupts and disengages overworn habits of thinking.
Her place was unkempt, smelled of overworn laundry and rotting dill.
I would like to reiterate my argument that the “Wasteland” cliche is a bit overworn in science fiction.
Daniel Kasman on Lights in the Dusk: "The strong emphasis on [Aki] Kaurismäki's staging places the plot at such a distance that the story and acting seem banal and overworn while the look is utterly refined."
I'm actually suggesting that they are (largely) incapable of thinking outside the box (to use a well-overworn phrase).
Just after his days of wanting to be Huck Finn, complete with overworn overalls and a corncob pipe made for him by my grandfather, and just before his days as a break dancer, my brother, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, was obsessed with The Outsiders.
How many overworn quotations from Shakespeare suddenly leap into meaning and brightness when they are seen in their context!
Ans. This is that which is repeated “usque ad nauseam;” and were it not for variety of expressions, wherewith some men do abound, to adorn it, it would appear extremely beggarly and overworn.
He was usually in mischief when not asleep, and his overworn mother and somewhat shiftless and careless father were so taken up with the other children and with family and pastoral cares, that "Dodd" grew up by himself, as so many children do; more is the pity.
No delay with dinner; no badly-cooked dishes; no stale or sour bread; no timid, overworn wife trembling for the result of new experiments in housekeeping.
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