a has-been

Meaning(s)

1. a person or thing considered to be no longer of significance

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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that player/singer/actor is a has-been

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A person who is considered a 'has been' is someone who was once famous or culturally significant but is no longer in the public eye or no longer popular or relevant. This is an expression you are more likely to hear in social contexts but it could be used to describe someone in the business community also. Similar expressions include ' a flash in the pan' or 'a one-hit-wonder'.

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  1. The older player, who was nearing retirement, was considered a has-been by the fans.
  2. A lot of so-called celebrity shows are full of has-been actors or singers. They haven't been in the business for years!

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  1. After losing his third election, the candidate was labelled a political has-been by pundits.
  2. She was once a successful multi-million dollar entrepreneur. After her time in court on criminal charges, she is another silicon valley has been.

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