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stock phrase

A well-known, overused phrase; a cliché. As this is a creative writing class, I don't want to see any stock phrases in your stories. Please rewrite this paragraph in your own words, instead of using stock phrases like "think outside the box."
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Philip smiled, for this was one of his uncle's stock phrases.
The individual, in such cases, is nearly always sacrificed to what is supposed to be the collective interest: people cling to any convention that keeps the family together--protects the children, if there are any," he rambled on, pouring out all the stock phrases that rose to his lips in his intense desire to cover over the ugly reality which her silence seemed to have laid bare.
Actually what is striking about them is their cliched nature - he has a fondness for stock phrases.
My German oral exam was a disaster: 20 minutes spent speaking in a faux Allo, Allo accent, peppered with such stock phrases as "Achtung", "Heinkel" and "Schweinhund".
On the subject of failure, one of my dad's other stock phrases was: 'Th'as made a reight Honley Feast on it'.
I think his analysis was a little off-beam in questioning the use of so-called stock phrases.
Stock phrases like sovereign right being trampled are being heard - and suggestions made that India is conceding more to Japan in 2016 than it had to the US in 2008.
Give us a twirl" was another of The Generation Game's stock phrases.
football be the judge" 4Let One of Roberto Martine'z familiar stock phrases is that he will "let football be the judge" when it comes to selection.
I'm also like a highly repetitive audio instruction manual for their day-to-day lives, repeating stock phrases like a skipping 'Learn Italian' CD.
And this season Baines' contribution has been, well, to borrow one of Roberto's stock phrases "phenomenal.
Let's just see how long it is before these stock phrases are muttered by our network 'friends' south of the border.