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has-been

(hăz′bĭn′)
n. pl. has-beens Informal
One that is no longer famous, popular, successful, or useful.

has-been

n
informal a person or thing that is no longer popular, successful, effective, etc

has′-been`



n.
a person or thing that is no longer effective, successful, popular, etc.
[1600–10]
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Noun1.has-been - someone who is no longer popular
Translations

has-been

[ˈhæzbiːn] Nvieja gloria f

has-been

n (pej)vergangene or vergessene Größe; every comedian must dread becoming a has-beenjeder Komiker hat Angst davor, in Vergessenheit zu geraten

has-been

[ˈhæzˌbiːn] n (fam) (person) he's/she's a has-beenha fatto il suo tempo; (thing) → anticaglia

have

(hӕv) 3rd person singular present tense has (hӕz) : past tense, past participle had (hӕd) : short forms I've (ӕiv) (I have), you've (juːv) (you have), he's (hiːz) (he has), she's (ʃiːz) (she has), it's (its) (it has), we've (wiːv) (we have), they've (ðeiv) (they have), I'd (aid) (I had), you'd (juːd) (you had), he'd (hiːd) (he had), she'd (ʃiːd) (she had), it'd (ˈitəd) (it had), we'd (wiːd) (we had), they'd (ðeid) (they had): negative short forms hadn't (ˈhӕdnt) (had not), hasn't (ˈhӕznt) (has not), haven't (ˈhӕvnt) (have not) – verb
1. used with past participle of other verbs to show that an action is in the indefinite past and has been completed. I've bought a new dictionary; Has he gone yet?.
2. (also have got) to hold or possess (something which belongs to oneself or to someone else). I have a book of yours at home; He's got your book; I don't have any books by Sir Walter Scott.
3. (also have got) to possess something as part of oneself or in some way connected with oneself. She has blue eyes; Our house has six rooms; I've got a pain in my stomach.
4. (sometimes with back) to receive or get. Have you had any news of your brother?; Thank you for lending me the book – you can have it back next week.
5. to produce. He does have some good ideas; She has had a baby.
6. to cause to be done. I'm having a tooth (taken) out; Have Smith come and see me.
7. to enjoy or suffer. We had a lovely holiday.
8. to do or take. I'll have a drink; Let me have a try.
9. to allow. I will not have you wearing clothes like that!
10. (with back, ~in, ~round etc) to ask to one's house as a guest or to do a job. We're having friends round for dinner; We're having someone in to paint this room.
11. to think or feel. I have some doubts about this project.
12. to trick. You've been had!
ˈhas-been noun
a person who is no longer famous and important.
have done with
to stop or put an end to. Let's have done with all this quarrelling.
have had it
to be dead, ruined etc. The bullet went into his brain – he's had it, I'm afraid.
have it in oneself etc
to have the courage or ability to do something. I hear she told her boss to stop shouting at her – I didn't think she had it in her.
have it out (often with with)
to argue with (a person) in order to put an end to some disagreement. I'm going to have it out with her once and for all.
have on
1. (also have got on) to wear. That's a nice suit you have on.
2. to fool (someone). You're having me on – that's not really true, is it?
3. (also have got on) to be busy with. Have you (got) anything on this afternoon?
have to (also have got to)
to be obliged to (do something). I don't want to do this, but I have to; Do you have to go so soon?; I've got to leave soon; You didn't have to do that, did you?
have to do with (a person or thing) , (also have got to do with)
to be of importance or concern to (a person or thing). What have these letters to do with you?; Your remarks have (got) nothing to do with the subject we are discussing.
have up (usually with for)
to make (a person) appear in court to answer some charge. He was had up for drunken driving.
have what it takes , (also have got what it takes)
to have the qualities or ability that one needs to do something. He has (got) what it takes to make a good officer.
I have it! , (also I've got it!)
I have found the answer (to a problem etc).
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However, I am distressed that the distinguished headmaster of an outstanding school should have displayed such breathtaking ignorance in saying that the 'Lords have become a ragtag of sour-faced old political has-beens.
There are some honourable exceptions but paying these has-beens millions each year - just to turn up and clock on - is as insulting as it is ridiculous.
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There is a tendency for hoary old has-beens like myself to denigrate and say "hmm, not bad but not as good as in my day
Meanwhile the sport's only real celebrity languishes among the has-beens in the Big Brother house.
I managed to avoid most of it, including the concert of has-beens who are either seeking favour for a knighthood or who are giving pay-back time for a previous gong.
Then there's a galaxy of has-beens from the worlds of stage and screen.
Let's get Parliament back to something ordinary people can recognise and respect, rather than a cosy retirement home for political has-beens.
30pm WE USED to be the champs - now we're the pathetic has-beens.
A BAND of rock n' roll has-beens made a comeback last week - the reunion of Mid Life Crisis.
It's in nobody's interest to have Mr Hain lurking around on the backbenches with the has-beens and never-will-bes.
Julia is desperate to work and takes the only thing she can find in her field, which is as a celebrity publicist to has-beens who don't even realize they are has-beens.