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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

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 something

to repeat something many times in an annoying way I'm tired of people who keep harping on what is wrong with the country.
Usage notes: said especially about complaints
See also: harp, 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

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
References in classic literature ?
I can harp a tune so merry that a forlorn lover will forget he is jilted," said Robin.
For sometimes I like the harp, and other times I think the horn makes the merriest music in all the world.
The contrast between what I saw and heard now, and what I had seen and heard only a few minutes since, was so extraordinary and so startling that I almost doubted whether the veiled figure with the harp, and the dance of cats, were not the fantastic creations of a dream.
He slept with his arms around his harp, as a child sleeps hugging its last new toy.
The jongleur had put down his harp in high dudgeon.
He left the pass-word unspoken; he went his way on his errand; he was followed on suspicion; and he was discovered to be only "a respectable person," charged with a message by the landlord of the Harp of Scotland Inn!
Toward evening, on the day after she reached Perth, the news came to Anne that Bishopriggs was in service at the inn known as the Harp of Scotland.
the squad GOALKEEPERS Ciaran Gallagher Lee McFadden DEFENDERS Packie Mailey James Doherty Paddy McLaughlin Ciaran Coll Keith Cowan Gary Whorisky Aaron O'Hagan Kieran Gorman MIDFIELDERS Mark Forker Tommy Bonner Gareth Harkin Conor O'Grady Raymond Foy Christy Conaghan FORWARDS Marc Brolly Gary Merritt Kevin McHugh Oisin McMenamin Garbhan Friel the games Fri 4 March Finn Harps v Limerick 8.
THE Second Wales International Harp Festival will take place at Galeri Caernarfon, from April 4-10.
Harps is also buying six Wallace & Owens stores in Missouri.
One day he was working on his harps and I said 'I'd like to do that'.
Having qualified for the Harp Lager Cup quarter finals, Harps are on a roll.
Barco is one of only a few in this country who can heal harps, earning him the title of ``harp doctor.
We needed to find a replacement for our legacy BASS CIX system that could be implemented quickly," said Jim Antz, CFO and vice president of finance and administration at Harps Food Stores.
A BUSINESS woman's dream of setting up a harp rental business has become a reality, thanks to invaluable support from Business Wales and financial backing from Conwy Rural Partnership's Farm Diversifi-cation Grant.