hackneyism

hackney

[hak-nee]
noun, plural hackneys.
1.
Also called hackney coach. a carriage or coach for hire; cab.
2.
a trotting horse used for drawing a light carriage or the like.
3.
a horse used for ordinary riding or driving.
4.
(initial capital letter) one of an English breed of horses having a high-stepping gait.
adjective
5.
let out, employed, or done for hire.
verb (used with object)
6.
to make trite, common, or stale by frequent use.
7.
to use as a hackney.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English hakeney, special use of placename Hackney, Middlesex, England

hackneyism, noun
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hackney (ˈhæknɪ)
 
n
1.  a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot
2.  a.  a coach or carriage that is for hire
 b.  (as modifier): a hackney carriage
3.  a popular term for hack
 
vb
4.  (tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use
 
[C14: probably after Hackney, where horses were formerly raised; sense 4 meaning derives from the allusion to a weakened hired horse]
 
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n

Hackney (ˈhæknɪ)
 
n
a borough of NE Greater London: formed in 1965 from the former boroughs of Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, and Hackney; nearby are Hackney Marshes, the largest recreation ground in London. Pop: 208 400 (2003 est). Area: 19 sq km (8 sq miles)

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hackney
c.1300, see hack (2).
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