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Everything You Need to Know About the Cliches and Redundancies Report

George Orwell in his Rules of Writing said: "Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print." Be creative and come up with something fresh. A new analogy or metaphor will make much more of an impression on your readers than a dusty old cliche.

In this article, learn how to use ProWritingAid’s Cliches and Redundancies Report to improve your work.

  1. How to Use the Cliches and Redundancies Report
  2. Cliches
  3. Redundancies
  4. The Internet's Biggest List of Cliches and Redundancies

How to Use the Cliches and Redundancies Report

The Cliches and Redundancies Report scours your work for cliches and highlights them. Nobody likes to read a cliche—the phrasing is trite and boring.

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It can also remove redundant expressions as they say the same thing twice.


Whenever you use a cliche, you are knowingly writing something unoriginal. Cliches are what you write when you don’t have the energy or inspiration to think of something new to say.

Writers often use cliches when they are working on their first draft because thinking up original wording takes time and can interrupt creative flow. That’s fine. But, when you go back to edit, be creative and brainstorm for fresh ideas. A new analogy or metaphor will make much more of an impression on your readers than a dusty old cliche. A good writer may create and reject over a dozen images before finding the right one, so don’t worry if it takes you a while.


Every word in your writing should be there for a reason. Redundant expressions make writing longer, not better. Look at these four examples:

  • She peered through the hollow tube.
  • He stepped out on the frozen ice.
  • She followed her natural instinct.
  • His writing was peppered with overused cliches.

In all four cases, the penultimate word is superfluous. Redundancies can happen across a sentence, too:

  • The problems first began when Gary lost his job.

The word began means “the first occurrence”, so the word "first" is redundant.

  • Sam, Tom and Susie gathered together around the fire.

The word gathered means “to come together”, so the word "together" is redundant.

  • He reversed the car back down the driveway.

As opposed to reversing it forward ? Drop the word back because it’s redundant. Redundancies add quantity, not quality. Eliminate the clutter.

Use ProWritingAid’s Cliche and Redundancy Check to highlight those that have crept into your writing.

The Internet's Biggest List of Cliches and Redundancies

Want to see more examples of cliches? We’ve compiled hundreds in:

The Internet’s Biggest List of Cliches

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Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman

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Hayley is the Head of Learning at ProWritingAid. Prior to joining this team, Hayley spent several years as an elementary school teacher and curriculum developer in Memphis, TN. When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

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Hello! Every time I've written "it out" or "them out" in my document, it's been marked as a cliche. I'm sure the AI is just a little over-sensitive, but I thought I'd mention it in case it was helpful to report things like that.
Thank you for letting us know about this, you are right; it is really helpful for us to hear user feedback! If you ever receive another false positive (a suggestion which you do not think is correct) please feel free to report it as incorrect in the tool itself. If you press the orange "report incorrect" button, it will send a bug report directly to our development team. This is the easiest and more convenient way to report any minor errors that you find. Thank you again, happy holidays!
Blow your mind, sold out, case in point, are showing as clinches in my writing. Am I supposed to remove it? I am giving the relevant extract. Please advise how to re-phrase. Blow your mind: His voice will blow your mind. If you're upset, his songs make you feel soothed. Simplicity in style distinguishes him from other brands of singers. His baritone voice would amaze God. His 102 birth anniversary is today.  2. Sold out: When I got to the hall's counter, the tickets had sold out. So fans who did not get tickets sat next to the auditorium on the lawn. If they did not have a glimpse of Hemant da, at least they would take comfort from the microphone by listening to his voice from outside. 3. Case in point: He was popular in the last days of his life. People loved his voice even when he was on the evening of his music carrier. The packed Vasantrao Deshpande hall and a large crowd outside the entrance were a case in point. He died in September 1989 at 69. So, his visit to Nagpur was unforgettable.
Hey there! Thank you for your comment. The cliches and redundancies report is intended to help writers pin point where they're using unoriginal phrases. ProWritingAid was created to make suggestions that our users can choose to incorporate or not. This means that it's entirely up to you whether or not to rephrase or use something like a new analogy or metaphor instead.

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