10 Examples of Cliché in a Sentence

Clichés are used by everyone, every day, without even realizing it. Clichés are phrases that were once original and thought-provoking but have lost these qualities and have become commonplace due to overuse. Writers are advised to avoid them, but using them in everyday speech is customary. Following are some of the clichés you can hear on a daily basis, in any environment:

  1. “Oh, don’t get you knickers in a twist, darling! We’ll go to the concert the next time the band is in town.” – If someone gets their knickers in a twist, they become very upset or worried about something.
  2. “That’s not what the email says. You’ve got to read between the lines.” – When we read between the lines, we try to understand what is meant by something that is not written or said explicitly.
  3. “You’ve been in a bad mood all day. Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? When we say that someone has woken up on the wrong side of the bed, it means that they are in a particularly irritable, unhappy, or grouchy mood, often without an obvious reason.
  4. “You don’t need to get upset. We’re not laughing at you; we’re laughing with you. – When you’re laughing because of something that a person did or said, but you don’t intend to be mean, you can say, “I’m laughing with you, not at you.” “Laughing with” someone suggests that you’re both laughing and having fun, whereas “laughing at” someone suggests a mean, hurtful attitude.
  5. “I don’t understand why we have to study algebra. It’s a waste of time.” – When we say that something is a waste of time, we mean that it is not worth the time or effort because there is little or no result.
  6. “That girl in the corner is eyeing you. Don’t look! She’s ugly as sin.” – Someone who is referred to as being as ugly as sin is extremely displeasing or unattractive visually.
  7. “I’m glad to see you smiling. You’ll feel better soon. Laughter is the best medicine.” – This cliché means to say that laughing is an effective means of recovering from physical or mental injury. More generally, keeping a positive outlook on life helps combat negative emotions during hard times.
  8. “When that cat jumped out the corner in that dark alley, I was frightened to death.” – If we are frightened to death, we are extremely frightened or anxious.
  9. “I know you hurt now, but you should know that time heals all wounds.” When we tell a friend that that time heals all wounds, we encourage him or her, saying that emotional pain lessens over time, and he or she will get over the hardship.
  10. “I told him to stop behaving like that because it would come back to him one day. It’s karma: What goes around comes around.” – This cliché expresses the belief that a person’s actions, whether good or bad, will often have consequences for that person.


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