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Clichés are overused sayings or phrases that make your writing appear flat, weak, dull and unclear. A cliché is a phrase or idea that has been used to the extent that it has lost its original meaning – and its allure.

Examples of cliché

  • Once upon a time

  • Happily, ever after

  • It was a dark and stormy night

  • In a faraway land

  • It was all a dream

  • The ends justify the means

  • All’s well that ends well

Whenever you use a cliché, you are knowingly writing something unoriginal. You should try to avoid using clichés – try rephrasing your text to make it concise and original. Take those worn-out expressions and replace them with fresh ones.

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