A cliché is ‘a phrase, remark, or opinion that has very often been said or expressed before and is therefore not original and not interesting.’ However, over-use in subsequent years moves these remarks into the realm of boring and stereotypical--two things you really want to avoid in your work.
There are three main categories of cliché:
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