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Definition of ClichéEdit
A cliché or cliche (/ˈkliːʃeɪ/ or /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.
How to detect a cliché!Edit
Typically, a cliché is a description, phrase, or expression you've seen several times. (ex. "this is the first day of the rest of your life")
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- "cherry red lips" Used to describe lips, usually for women and girls.
- "sparkling eyes" Showing positive emotion. ex. joy, surprise, love
- "born and bred" To express that someone or something has lived in this place for the majority of their life.
- "ripped to shreds" Used when someone is fatally injured with blades or claws. Also as an expression when someone is completely defeated.
- "child's play" To place emphasis on how easy this activity or mission is.
How to avoid oneEdit
Nobody wants to see a cliche amidst a well-written paragraph. Here are some ways to avoid doing that.
- Try to find another word or expression-- less well-known- to replace it.
- Avoid having to write something there completely.
- Use the cliche when all else fails.