warmed over

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warm over

1. To make food hot again in order to serve or eat as a meal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "warm" and "over." We've got some leftovers that you could warm over if you're hungry. I'll just warm this soup over for my lunch.
2. To rehash or repurpose something old in a modern use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "warm" and "over." It's clear the writer never meant for the story to become a series, as the themes and conflicts in the second and third are very obviously warmed over from the first. That's the problem with these franchises that see annual releases—they just warm the story over for each subsequent film in order to make them in time, and as a result they turn out as bland and unoriginal as one would expect from such a practice.
3. To revisit or reintroduce a topic that had previously been settled, laid to rest, or past discussion. I don't know why you felt it necessary to warm that debate over again—we've decided on our next course of action, and we're going to stick to it! The president warmed over her opposition to any climate change legislation during the summit.
See also: over, warm


Unoriginal, reused, or derivative. An allusion to reheated leftover food. The film is just a warmed-over reimagining of the 1980s classic, but without any of the charm or style that made it so fresh and appealing years ago. I realized that the comedian had been using the same warmed-over jokes from the last time I saw him perform.
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warmed over

not very original; rehashed. I am not interested in reading warmed over news on a computer screen. The lecture sounded sort of warmed over, but it wasn't too dull.
See also: over, warm
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

warmed over

mod. not very original; rehashed. I am not interested in reading warmed-over news on a computer screen.
See also: over, warm
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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