Cliché – an overused phrase
It is said that using a cliché labels you as a predictable and unoriginal thinker. A cliché is a worn-out phrase.
A good example of a cliché is “tip of the iceberg”. It means the problem or situation identified is much deeper or more complex, but it is an overused phrase.
The key shaded (cliché) on the tip of the iceberg. The key was very worn out.
The term cliché is associated with a lack of originality, so here are a few clichés you should definitely avoid:
Tip of the iceberg
The apple of my eye
Eats like a pig
Avoid it like the plague
Use of the word cliché in a sentence:
The Minister’s speech was full of clichés and Members of the House were bored beyond belief.