for you to know the context, I am submitting a sentence.. " the collection of more modern hand-me-downs of talk can be found in.... " what is the meaning of "hand-me-downs of talk" ?
A hand-me-down is
- a. something, esp an outgrown garment, passed down from one person to another b. (as modifier) a hand-me-down dress
- a. anything that has already been used by another b. (as modifier) hand-me-down ideas
so a hand-me-down of talk would be a well-worn phrase that is not original to the speaker; particularly one that is trite, vacuous, or a cliche.