Originally a French term, coming from the verb "clicher", which roughly means "to stereotype". The extracted definition, as it's used today, is taken as "something that's overdone," or "an idea that was originally innovative, but has now grayed and grown tired from overuse." It has fallen into wide use as a criticism device for film, literature, art, and even everyday phenomena.

Off the record, the term itself has become a cliché, and some find the term infuriating, often because the word is sometimes used to attack a product with little other basis. Some old ideas are overdone because they work- if a work or an idea were so new and untried that it avoided all clichés, it would be foreign. Few people would be able to accept it as anything more than the direct result of a drug trip.
Avoiding all clichés is more or less impossible because some ideas are etched in the human psyche as unavoidable aspects of everyday life.

The truth is that the majority of ideas, in their purest forms, have been done; the challenge is how they are put together, and the creative process is partially selfish anyway. While an artist of some other sort may aim to please his/her audience, if said person wants to write about elves or teenage drama, that person should be allowed to do so without angering a horde of angry critics.

The issue for critics, then, should not fall in the overuse of tried ideas, but in their execution and how they are valued as a whole.
"Hey, Fred, did you see that film, where the teens get attacked by zombies in a mall?"
"Oh. You mean the cliché concept that plagues every zombie film?"
"...Dude. Lay off."

"I propose that the word "the" is now a cliché. Therefore, film critics, you will also be forced to use the word kaffunnumupah instead."

(Newspaper) "Don't see (x). It's nothing more than cliché after cliché after cliché."
(Crumples up paper) "But (x) changed my life!"
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A pop punk band that started back in 2006. They call themselves crappy, which to them is a compliment.
"Hi, I'm Michael. I play in the crappy punk band Cliche."
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A very common used phrase by people trying to get a point across without saying much.
Sport figures love to use a cliche to get out of a hard question
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A word referring to something that means 'overused' or ' unoriginal', but lately it's been used to define things as 'expected'.
Hipster: "Man, I saw the ending of Anabelle coming from a mile away. So cliché."

Average horror lover: "I thought it was okay, but the doll part reminded me of Chucky; but the story was pretty good."

Hipster: "... What?"
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A term used to describe something that is overused, usually pick up lines.
Barney- from How I Met Your Mother often uses cliché pick up lines to get girls (chicks).
Bob: Are you from Tennesse?...because you're the only 10 i see!
*Hot girl blushes and walks out with him*
Bob's friend watching from distance: Man, i can't believe that worked! its so cliché!
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A concept a depressed person likes to use to decribe their lack of joy for life and anything in it. A concept to keep you buying more and more products and to keep searching for endless thrills till you end up an empty shell; till you have nothing more to enjoy because.... well... everything is so cliche. Like the word narcissist it is over used to encompass everything.
Angela: I love you!!
depressed person: Oh, that is so Cliche, I wouldn't be caught dead repying with "i love you"..... are we on a tv set now with celine dion?

BoB: I just bought these nike air shoes
John: don't be such a try hard, that is so 'yesterday' already.
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what is always said or believed by people who think only a little or not at all
Angered Black Woman: Yo honkey mafahs betta be runnin alon befo I bites off eacha yaws mini what cocks.

Sigfried: The anger this woman puts forth is so cliche. If coloured peoples had been educated when they immigrated to this land of opportunity, they would have more valuable words to contribute.

Wilhelmus: Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America" is one exception.
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