29 clichés to avoid to improve your writing

29 clichés to avoid to improve your writing

Clichés are words and phrases that are used so often, they’re not very interesting anymore.

Clichés are words and phrases that are used so often, they’re not very interesting anymore. We might not notice if people use them when they’re talking, but when you read them, they can stick out like a sore thumb (cliché!).

When you’re writing in a formal style, particularly, it’s better not to use them.

Here are some clichés you should avoid like the plague (cliché!) in formal writing.

1 at the end of the day

2 few and far between

3 in this day and age

4 when all is said and done

5 back on track

6 think outside the box

7 avoid (someone or something) like the plague

8 in the current climate

9 at this moment in time

10 in any way, shape or form

11 better late than never


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12 the bottom line

13 it’s not rocket science

14 in the nick of time

15 love makes the world go round

16 easy as pie

17 welcome (someone) with open arms

18 lend an ear

19 give (someone) something to chew on


20 every cloud has a silver lining

21 little did (someone) know

22 due to the fact that

23 as a matter of fact

24 actions speak louder than words


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25 back to square one

26 back to the drawing board

27 be in the same boat

28 between a rock and a hard place

29 between the Devil and the deep blue sea

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