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[wel-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˈwɛlˈwɔrn, -ˈwoʊrn/
showing the effects of extensive use or wear:
well-worn carpets.
trite, hackneyed, or stale:
a well-worn saying.
fittingly or becomingly worn or borne:
a well-worn reserve that never seems haughty.
Origin of well-worn
1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Instead, turn their well-worn routes into proper pathways.
  • They began a therapy session sitting alone in a nondescript room with a well-worn armchair and a television.
  • The rest of us followed well-worn sheep paths uphill-scrambling over rocks, slipping on pebbly scree.
  • Yet the report's recommendations follow a well-worn pattern.
  • The author's other trips explore even less well-worn territory.
  • The film-makers deliberately avoid the well-worn tropes of drugs and violence.
  • But folded into a neat square inside his wallet was a well-worn letter attesting that this was not so.
  • IN advertising, sentiment is a well-worn tool of the trade.
  • We were not covering well-worn paths in our learning.
  • Today, the landscape contains only the occasional settlement and well-worn cattle trails.
British Dictionary definitions for well-worn


adjective (well worn when postpositive)
so much used as to be affected by wear: a well-worn coat
used too often; hackneyed: a well-worn phrase
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