The trick is to not use them in their stereotypical way. Ex: "A hard knot clutched at her throat as the little orphan mewed closer, a dirty hand outstretched."
50 ways to say looks like/seems like from The Writer's Circle Facebook page
A large list of descriptive words. This list will help you choose different words when you are writing an essay or letter and avoid repeating the same word
I love words, and the English language is so very vast. Unfortunately we hear so very little of it on a daily basis. Expand your vocabulary; expand your mind.
How to pick a different word for those use so often.
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