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English definition of “stock”

stock

adjective     /stɒk/ US  /stɑːk/
(of an idea , expression , or action ) usual or typical , and used or done so many times that it is no longer original : a stock phrase/ response "Don't worry - worse things happen at sea " is her stock expression for whenever anything goes wrong .Standard and routinePlain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
(Definition of stock adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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