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old hat

noun
1.
old-fashioned; dated.
2.
trite from having long been used or known.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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Examples from the web for old hat
  • His eyes light up as he's describing something, even though to him it may be old hat.
  • Dealing with budget cuts, even steep ones, is old hat for professors and the unions that represent them.
  • His suggestion that our universe may be a simulation run on the computer of an alien civilization is also old hat.
  • The stuff they're accused of doing-the seeds of scandal-are old hat.
  • The new reality was already old hat to many outside the government.
  • As for printing out translated texts, this is already old hat.
  • But dire pronouncements about new forms of entertainment are old hat.
  • More important, so much has changed so quickly that the future-looking early stories have become old hat.
  • Biotechnology has moved ahead so fast that it makes nanotechnology old hat.
  • Reverse engineering unknown signals is old hat to the intelligence community.
British Dictionary definitions for old hat

old hat

adjective
1.
(postpositive) old-fashioned or trite
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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"out of date," first recorded 1911.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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