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[twahys-tohld] /ˈtwaɪsˈtoʊld/
having been told before; related two times.
Origin of twice-told
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for twice-told
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  • Compared with these most others are "twice-told tales" indeed.

    The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
  • This has been particularly the fortune of the twice-told Tales.

  • Then, in 1837, the publication of a little volume called "twice-told Tales" marked the advent of a greater than he.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
  • His triumphant capture of the oil trade is a twice-told tale.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • The story of the coming of the pioneers is a twice-told tale to the student of our nation's history.

  • His dramatic acting keeps up the interest of the audience in the twice-told tale.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • The twice-told Tales, charming as they are, do not constitute a very massive literary pedestal.

    Hawthorne Henry James, Junr.
  • What a privilege to hear for the first time a "twice-told Tale," before it was even once told to the public!

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • The anxieties of the war were not yet a twice-told tale, and no artificial excitements were needed to drive them away.

  • For the twelve years following the publication of twice-told Tales he had accomplished almost nothing in creative authorship.

British Dictionary definitions for twice-told


hackneyed through repeated use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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