• WordNet 3.6
    • adj old-hat out of fashion "a suit of rather antique appearance","demode (or outmoded) attire","outmoded ideas"
    • adj old-hat repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse "bromidic sermons","his remarks were trite and commonplace","hackneyed phrases","a stock answer","repeating threadbare jokes","parroting some timeworn axiom","the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
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Old hat - If something's old hat, it seems rather old fashioned and dated.


In literature:

He swept off his old straw hat and with it all of the gardener's chrysalis.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
What do you do with your old hats?
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
Steve described her, aided by Harry Corwin, and the man pushed his old straw hat back, and rubbed his forehead reflectively.
"The Adventure Club Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Old Yare stood in the background, his hat in his hand, stooping in his submissive negro fashion, with a frightened watch on Holmes.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
Wade's keen eyes, apparently hidden under his old hat, saw how wet her lashes were, how her lips trembled.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Yes, the old peat driver stood with his hat in his hand whilst answering the questions of the poor, dusty foot-traveller.
"The Pocket George Borrow" by George Borrow
And behind her appeared a tall lady, and an old gentleman hat in hand.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Socially, the polite world accused him of wearing old hats and no gloves.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
An old fur one is much the best, and a small, close hat that does not blow.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
On his head was an old felt hat, in a terribly dilapidated condition.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
swift in anger, quick to laugh;
an old man in a battered hat
who leaned upon a thorny staff.
"Frodo's Lament For Gandalf" by J R R Tolkien
I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!
"The Last Leaf" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The grand old gray-beard rode to the space
Where Death and his victims stood face to face,
And silently waved his old slouched hat—
A world of meaning there was in that!
"Lee To The Rear" by John Reuben Thompson
As I rode in to Ballarat,
I met a man who wore no hat;
And, when I said he might take cold,
He cried, "The hills are quite as old
As yonder plains, but not so flat."
So I rode on to Ballarat.
"The Traveller" by C J Dennis
He stands, backed by the wall;--he abates not his din
His hat gives him vigour, with boons dropping in,
From the old and the young, from the poorest; and there!
The one-pennied Boy has his penny to spare.
"Power Of Music" by William Wordsworth
She used to hide my battered hats; my old birettas, too,
Just when I had them broken in, would disappear from view.
I wondered where my wardrobe went, until by chance I'd seen
A tramp in full pontificals subscribed by Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

It's old hat as Captain Morgan pitches Tide into title game.
Mark Bugnaski / Gazette Feeling hot, hot, hot: Old Hat Brewery head brewer Tom Fuller, left, and owner Tom Osborne prepare for the second annual Chili Cook-off Jan 30.
Gemswick Park Captures Old Hat Thriller.
Gemswick Park (center) wins a three-way photo in the Jan 4 Old Hat at Gulfstream Park.
New Source Review Considered Old Hat.
Gary Allan's Old Hat … The Sounds of Malkovich.
So Successful, It's Old Hat.
Otter is our 7 year old Beagle that seems to think he is in charge of everything and everyone around him so the captain's hat is quite fitting.
For rider Mario Pino and trainer Joe Martin, winning at the racetrack is old hat.
When he was 18 months old, Brian E Sweeney wore his father's fire hat in a family picture.
Some were "old hat" while others were "new business".
We've talked so much about the possibility of Apple(AAPL) shipping its own TV next year – let's call it iTV – that it seems like old hat.
Once a novelty to most observers, the hand signals and protest-speak of Occupy Wall Street now seem like old hat to anyone following along at home.
Hat's off to 9 year old Samantha Gordon, as she shows that girls can play football too.
Teen took 14-year-old's hat, broke his jaw .

In science:

You can find detailed discussions in famous texts.8 In fact, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and the nonrelativistic expansion applied to Q ¯Q states in QCD is also old hat, first considered two decades ago.9,10,11 It will become clear what new developments have re-ignited interest in this field.
A Modern Introduction to Quarkonium Theory
So, some of the chapters I was figuring would be old hat and from others I was hoping to learn some new stuff.
Review of "Garden of integrals"