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has-been

A person who is no longer admired, famous, or popular. The young actor constantly sought media attention because he feared becoming a has-been too early in his career. You're not even a has-been, you're a never-was!
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has-been

(ˈhæzbɪn)
1. n. someone who used to be important; a person whose career has ended. Marty is just a has-been. There’s no future for him.
2. mod. former; burnt-out. Some has-been singer croaked through “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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We must not let a small group of self interested has-beens spoil Wales' bright future.
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There are some honourable exceptions but paying these has-beens millions each year - just to turn up and clock on - is as insulting as it is ridiculous.
There is a tendency for hoary old has-beens like myself to denigrate and say "hmm, not bad but not as good as in my day!" This performance was every bit as good as my day, perhaps even somewhat better considering we had no proper theatre to stage our performances way back in the old days.
One had never seen such scenes, The wagon smashed to smithereens, Plucked and trampled was the rose, A fitting fate for those has-beens! JOHN PERROTT Swansea
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A good, solid concept which reveals how has-beens have coped with their loss of fame - and how much they're prepared to change to get a taste of it again.
Are there really people with lives so empty that watching sleeping has-beens is compelling viewing?