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stale

1. (of beer, etc.) flat and tasteless from being kept open too long
2. Law (of a claim, etc.) having lost its effectiveness or force, as by failure to act or by the lapse of time
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But there was a staleness about the relationship that they just couldn't escape in the end."
It seems daft to have inves-ted in someone like Paul Shaw yet hardly give him a run-out, and there's a staleness about United.
'This team has performed well in the last two years, but maybe there's a bit of staleness. Hopefully, I can bring a bit of freshness.'
``I'd played in almost every game for United leading up to the Christmas period and staleness was certainly the case,'' he said.
The staleness and sleaze of the Tories was finally understood.
Though neither side could improve their league positions with victory, there was no end-of-season staleness about a vibrant, open, running contest on the firmest pitch the visitors had ever encountered at Kendal.
"If there has been a staleness it was because the same old players were circulating the clubs.
Labour leader Eamonn Gilmore said the Government was suffering from staleness and fatigue".
Whereas once, having ''millennium'' attached to a project guaranteed it was greeted with anticipation, three years into the third millennium this anticipation has been replaced with, at best, the smell of staleness and, at worst, the rotten stench of downright failure.
There is also a hint of staleness about David Johnson up front.
Apart from staleness, I suspect the Lions tour visibly changed Henry as a person and a coach and appeared to sap the confidence from his beliefs.
Smith took his tally to five goals in four games with his strike four minutes later, as Leeds leaped into second place with a display that showed little sign of staleness following their midweek exertions in Europe.