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    cliche

    I'd never been out with a model before,so I hadn't even bargained on the cliché of the rock star and the model as being part of my life. —David Bowie,. quoted in Rolling Stone, 10 June 1993

    I couldn't figure out what is the meaning of cliche in this sentence.


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    #2

    Re: cliche

    I couldn't figure out what is the meaning of "cliché" in this sentence.
    Have you looked up the word "cliché" in a good dictionary?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: cliche

    By 'good dictionaries' we mean these.

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    Re: cliche

    A word or an idea that lost its force due to overuse.

    That is the meaning I found in dictionaries but I cannot map that meaning in that sentence.

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    #5

    Re: cliche

    Bowie is referring to rock-stars-dating-models as a widely-discussed phenomenon which he had never before been a part of.
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    Re: cliche

    not a teacher

    "A word or an idea that lost its force due to overuse."

    The "idea" here is the phenomenon of rock stars and models forming couples. The fact that this idea is regarded as common enough to be predictable, makes it a cliché. In a sense, it has lost the force of originality or surprise.

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    Re: cliche

    When we label something as a "cliche" there is also a flavor of mild to moderate disparagement or a tone of disdain added to the intent.

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    #8

    Re: cliche

    Does 'been out with' mean 'gone out with' in the OP's sentence?
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    Re: cliche

    Yes — dated.

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    #10

    Re: cliche

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    A word or an idea that lost its force due to overuse.

    That is the meaning I found in dictionaries but I cannot map that meaning in that sentence.
    Many, many rock stars have dated models. Until he met his wife, he hadn't done this.

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