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harp on one string

To dwell tediously and repeatedly upon a single subject or topic, especially in complaint. Likened to playing the same note over and over again on a harp. Mark is always harping on one string about how little money he makes. I wish he would come up with something new to talk about! I get it, you don't like your job. Quit harping on one string!
See also: harp, on, one, string

harp on the same string

To dwell tediously and repeatedly upon a single subject or topic, especially in complaint. Likened to playing the same note over and over again on a harp. Mark is always harping on the same string about how little money he makes. I wish he would come up with something new to talk about! I get it, you don't like your job. Quit harping on the same string!
See also: harp, on, same, string

harp away at (someone or something)

To complain about or dwell upon someone or something repeatedly and to the point of tediousness. Mark is always harping away at how little money he makes. I wish he would come up with something new to talk about! You need to stop harping away at your boss and just quit already!
See also: away, harp

harp on (someone or something)

To persistently and annoyingly discuss or mention something. It was one mistake—why do you keep harping on it?
See also: harp, on

harp on someone or something

Fig. to keep talking or complaining about someone or something; to refer to someone or something again and again. I wish you would quit harping on Jeff all the time. He couldn't be all that bad. Stop harping on my mistakes and work on your own.
See also: harp, on

keep harping on something

to continue to talk or complain about something; to keep raising a topic of conversation. (See also harp on something.) Why do you keep harping on the same old complaint? You keep harping on my problems and ignore your own!
See also: harp, keep, on

harp on

Dwell on; talk or write about to a tedious and excessive extent. For example, She kept harping on the fact that she had no household help at all. This expression is a shortening of harp on the same string, meaning "to play the same note over and over." It was first recorded in 1518.
See also: harp, on

harp on the same string

dwell tediously on one subject.
See also: harp, on, same, string

harp on

v.
To talk about something to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on something: Every day my teacher harps on the importance of getting to class on time.
See also: harp, on
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uk The fourth Wales International Harp Festival at Galeri Caernarfon next month will bring together leading exponents of the instrument from around the world.
That being said, the extraordinary popularity of The Sacred Harp music is undeniable, and for reasons that will perhaps never be fully understood, the singing traditions associated with most other shape-note tunebooks have diminished or ended (although singings and singing conventions can still be found that use The Southern Harmony, The Christian Harmony, The Missouri Harmony, The New Harp of Columbia, and various newer shape-note gospel song-books).
A statement by the association said on Tuesday that in memory of harpist Ceren Necipoglu, who died in a plane crash in June 2009, the Association for the Art of the Harp, with the contributions of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, unites the audience with harp masters from various world cultures in Istanbul throughout 2010.
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Harp was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 13 April 1913, and had his first brush with anthropology as a sophomore at Harvard, finding it "exciting" and full of "adventure" When the Depression interrupted his academic training he took courses in engineering at the Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland before returning to Harvard, where he graduated in anthropology in 1938.
She wasn't going to be taking the harp with her to the United States for appearances this week with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
SCOTTISH musician and composer Corrina Hewat is in town tomorrow to demonstrate one of folk's finest but least explored instruments - the harp.
WHEN Elen Vining started learning the harp at eight years old, she had no idea how much the instrument would take over her life.
Harpist Stephanie Bennett, who has performed with artists such as Celine Dion, Aerosmith and Bette Midler, will teach ``Introduction to Celtic Harp.
poet Mel Malron, Celtic folk harp duo Ardyth Robinson and Jennifer Wyatt brought the story alive in a whole new way recently.