old hat


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old hat

Unoriginal, out of date, or old-fashioned. Jokes like that were edgy a while ago, but they're just old hat at this point. People think my flip phone is a bit old hat, but it still works after all these years!
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old hat

Fig. old-fashioned; outmoded. That's a silly idea. It's old hat. Hardly anybody uses typewriters anymore. That's just old hat.
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old hat

COMMON If something is old hat, it is unoriginal or out of date. The technology is a bit old hat nowadays. I think that kind of painting's a bit old hat now, isn't it? I wanted to do something quite different. Note: This expression may have developed because in the times when it was usual for women to wear hats, the fashions in hats used to change very quickly.
See also: hat, old

old hat

used to refer to something considered passé and therefore banal or uninteresting. informal
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ˌold ˈhat

something that is old-fashioned and no longer interesting: This is supposed to be a new method of learning English, but frankly, it’s a bit old hat. OPPOSITE: all the rage
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old hat

n. an old-fashioned thing or person; an outmoded thing or person. That’s just old hat. This is the modern world!
See also: hat, old
References in classic literature ?
No one seems to like the offer, and the umpire is just coming down, when a queer old hat, something like a doctor of divinity's shovel, is chucked on to the stage and an elderly, quiet man steps out, who has been watching the play, saying he should like to cross a stick wi' the prodigalish young chap.
The latter I can afford, as I have a good supply of it, but it wounds me to the quick to see my dear old hats and trousers sinking, prematurely worn and aged, beneath the cold world's blasts and snows.
Hannah, who had carried wood, made a fire, and stopped up the broken panes with old hats and her own cloak.
I gave her all my old clothes, even my old hats, though she always wears her Breton headdress.
It was quite a wilderness, and there were old melon-frames and cucumber-frames in it, which seemed in their decline to have produced a spontaneous growth of weak attempts at pieces of old hats and boots, with now and then a weedy offshoot into the likeness of a battered saucepan.
However, when Harbet realises that his dearly loved hat has become old hat, he tries to keep up with his fashionable peers.
The mysterious, colorful old hat was found by Annie, an imaginative pediatrics nurse, in an antique shop.
WHILE realising that the green road to nowhere is old hat now and recognising that in principle at least Kirklees Council seems to be in favour of cycle lanes, it is clear that this principle is often in name only.
The story of two teens spending a week with the creepy grandparents they've never met unfolds in a mockumentary style that's new for the filmmaker and old hat for horror auds.
The hand-drawn animation may look old hat but they gel perfectly with a story borne from Celtic folklore.
But down the line time will provoke Folk to view our ways as one big joke As fashions date they become old hat Then the young set think they're 'Where it's at' They'll sure believe, (as we earlier folk,) Our bygone ways are a music hall joke Each age group flaunts new styles with passion It's a pity that war never went out of fashion Bill Backshall, Lydiate
Lebanon Top 5: Things You Better Avoid In Lebanon To those who live there, these things are old hat.
OLD HAT Sindy Their hearts no longer leap on Christmas morning when they open their stocking and find a selection of themed outfits including - if they are really lucky - a whole card of tiny plastic shoes.
FOR a quick fix, you could just get an old hat and decorate it with chicks and mini eggs.
IT was inevitable but I have become so bored by the repetitious tirades against Mrs Thatcher from reader T McMahon, who is clearly living in the past he spends so much time recounting events, some of which are wildly inaccurate and old hat.