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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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Earlier (Ford 2006), I showed how lirrga, another Daly song genre, employs allusiveness, puns, repetition, reduplication, ellipsis, stock phrases, and complex clauses.
That is after all the stock phrase they turn to when it comes to troublesome teenagers.
As a kid, Jill's stock phrase was that she wanted to work behind the scenes in television.
He said: "If Will had one stock phrase, it was his description of anything and everything as being 'rude'.
I don't know your dad, but tell him I was asking for him," is a stock phrase I have heard so many times in recent days.
The remark 'we can't buy players or loan them' - which often surfaces in the Wales chief's press conferences - has become something of a stock phrase.
IRONS IN THE FIRE - Ronnie McFall's stock phrase for dealing with transfer speculation.
The words echoed her stock phrase on the Mrs Merton show where she tells her regular audience of pensioners: "Let's have a heated debate
The words echoed her stock phrase on her cult show where she tells her regular audience of pensioners "Let's have a heated debate
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.