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as a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly

Foolish people are apt to repeat their missteps. A: "I can't believe Sarah is going skiing again, after she broke her leg the last time." B: "Well, as a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly."
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History repeats itself.

Prov. The same kinds of events seem to happen over and over. It seems that history is about to repeat itself for that poor country; it is about to be invaded again. Alan: The country is headed for an economic depression. Jane: How do you know? Alan: History repeats itself. The conditions now are just like the conditions before the last major depression.
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repeat oneself

Express oneself in the same way or with the same words, as in Grandma forgets she has told us this story before and repeats herself over and over, or This architect tends to repeat himself-all his houses look alike. A well-known version of this idiom is the proverb History repeats itself, first recorded (in English) in 1561. For example, Her mother also married when she was 18-history repeats itself. [Mid-1800s]
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When this service is compared with others across England, the overall deflection rate from repeating IOP readings appears, superficially, to be lower than the expected figure of around 74%.
In fact, she says something that means something else--while obeying the rule of repeating.
Each of the following four chapters discusses one of the aspects of upbringing by repeating some of the debate and then examining the families' views and practices over the course of four generations.
Until recently, however, materials scientists couldn't convincingly visualize how atoms turned that construction plan into reality, assembling themselves into complex, quasiperiodic patterns rather than regularly repeating arrangements.
Repeating Arms Company, the exclusive licensee of the Winchester brand for the manufacture of firearms from the Olin Corporation (OLN) to try and find an American buyer.
In preparation for the second season of Michael Chiklis' cop drama ``The Shield'' on Tuesday, FX is repeating the first season, beginning 9 p.
In 1968 the Canadian bishops opposed the changes proposed by Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau by declaring that "abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes," repeating words of the Second Vatican Council (Globe, Feb.
In-stead of repeating throughout the structure at some regular interval, atoms of this so-called quasicrystal were spaced at either of two characteristic intervals, in a fixed ratio.
The Heidrun project began in mid-June and is repeating a Q(a) baseline survey acquired by WesternGeco in 2001.
Repurposing'' network series - repeating them on affiliated cable channels within a few days or weeks after they've aired on the broadcaster that developed it - will be practiced even more in the future, for reasons both economic and creative, suggested Jamie Kellner, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, who also oversees the WB network.
As researchers traced this unstable DNA through family trees, they found that the repeating portion was often larger in each new generation.
LANCASTER - Lancaster School District eighth-graders who fail to graduate could have the option of attending a proposed charter high school to avoid repeating the eighth-grade, charter school organizers said.
Larger repeating bits, called minisatellites, can also cause problems, says Theodore G.
They made enough kinds of short, 20nucleotide fragments to cover all possible repeating threesome combinations.