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[shop-wawrn, ‐wohrn] /ˈʃɒpˌwɔrn, ‐ˌwoʊrn/
worn or marred, as goods exposed and handled in a store.
trite; hackneyed.
Origin of shopworn
1870-75; shop + worn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He looks around helplessly as if searching for new words to clothe an old, shopworn phrase.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Amid a mob of shopworn public men, here was one who had at least the charm of novelty.

  • Even now, shopworn as she was, Gloria could have a fairly wide range of suitors should something happen to him.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
  • I had a feeling that the end and slice would lie around and get shopworn if I did not take them.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • He was long limbed and awkward and useless, and homely as a shopworn fifty-cent yellow plush manicure set.

    That Pup Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for shopworn


the US word for shopsoiled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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