>Lacking in freshness or originality
>A hackneyed phrase or idea has been said or used so often that it has become boring and has no meaning
>If you describe something such as a saying or an image as hackneyed, you think it is no longer likely to interest, amuse or affect people because it has been used, seen, or heard many times before.
> The hackneyed script has the effect of lending an unmerited nobility to the politicians and bureaucrats onscreen
> The plot of the film is just a hackneyed boy-meets-girl scenario.
> The hackneyed images in his poetry failed to draw attention of the readers