if you ever need help with this sort of stuff, pick up a dictionary and a thesaurus (or go to dictionary.com)
A cliché (from French,) is a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel. The term is generally used in a negative context.
c. it's overused like "pushing the envelope" for example.
a cliche is a worn-out expression.
A cliche is a hackneyed expression.
A cliche is an overused expression.
A cliche is an expression that has been around forever.
c) I used to use cliches every day, but now I avoid them like the plague.
C - worn-out, tired, overused
C Worn out
I don't see how you can do better than JB's concise but accurate definition. But, I'm not convinced that it goes far enough. A reoccurring theme in this answer and virtually all the others is that you should always avoid using a cliche.
I don't know. As the old saying goes, "What good is a cliche if you can't use it?" There are times when a cliche drops in your writing perfectly like "Whoosh. Nothing but net!"--there's one. But, it is a good idea to avoid them in early writings.
Of course, if you are considering writing seriously, either privately or commercially or both, you should find this out on your own. Good luck.
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