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old hat

adjective
1.
old-fashioned; dated.
2.
trite from having long been used or known.
Origin of old hat
1745-1755
1745-55
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  • I gave the native a blanket and some biscuits and the mate gave him an old hat.

  • How long he must wear the old coat or the old hat before they get him a new one!

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • He looked at a vigorous clump of hair at the top of the official's head, then down at his old hat indifferently.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • It appears that the man wore an old hat of mine, which he lost in the storm.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • But at last it was ready and packed into an old hat box belonging to Mops, the Scarecrow's cook.

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • That is to don storm rubbers, raincoat and an old hat, and defy it.

    The Magic Curtain Roy J. Snell
  • Lilly still sat on the couch on which she had come back to consciousness, twirling her old hat without a thought in her brain.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for old hat

old hat

adjective
1.
(postpositive) old-fashioned or trite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for old hat
adj.

"out of date," first recorded 1911. As a noun phrase, however, it had different sense previously. The "Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" (1796) defines it as, "a woman's privities, because frequently felt."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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old hat in Culture

old hat definition


Obsolete, old-fashioned: “Get with it, Murray; your methods are strictly old hat.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for old hat

old hat

adjective phrase

Out of style; old-fashioned: Tubular stuff is now old hat (1911+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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