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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."
See also: dog, folly, fool, repeat, return

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.
See also: history, itself, repeat

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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Nested step and repeat and block apertures will make Gerber more efficient with panelized data.
Of the patients who underwent repeats pressure measurement, only 190 (42%) were referred onto secondary care--which equates to a deflection rate of 58% (Figure 1).
On BBC3, repeats rose slightly to 85 per cent of shows, while on BBC4 the figure fell a little to 78.
Margaret Fry, from Blandford, Dorset, said: "As a pensioner who pays the licence fee, I am sick of seeing all these repeats.
The subject of repeat number variation might be suitable for an article that could shed light on many interrelated topics--triplet repeat diseases, evolutionary facilitation, molecular genetics, genomic diversity, etc.
Fans came close to the breaking point last season when new episodes proved vexingly slow in coming between repeats and recap shows and, when they did air, failed to advance the story line or provide deeper insights into the island's mysteries.
Typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a university hospital setting by using novel software for spa repeat determination and database management.
Variant alleles of the 40-bp repeat were found corresponding to 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, and 11-repeat alleles, but the rarest (four that corresponded with 7-, 8-, and 11-repeat alleles) were excluded, leaving eight subjects who were homozygous for 9 repeats (the 9/9 subjects), 36 who were heterozygous for 10 repeats (the 9/10 subjects), and 52 who were homozygous for 10 repeats (the 10/10 subjects).
One TV fan said: "Friday night on BBC1 is full of repeats.
n] and other DNA repeats act as strong origins of replication, "then anomalous and fractious replication may lead to amplification and expansion.
In the second reading Paul also repeats the proclamation the women passed on from the angel.
Hill training can take three basic forms--a series of grade changes that you encounter in most road races, long hill repeats, and repetitions up short, steeper hills.
Kofman cannily develops the theme of Narcissus and Echo: The film literally enacts the structure of Narcissus/Derrida as filmed, seen, Echoed, by the "other," the filmmaker who in turn repeats the words of the other on the voice-over: the Holy Decretals.
Instead, listed under the same headings as before, Roberts repeats yet again what he has said twice before, and the book ends.
The CAG repeat of the HD gene is polymorphic in the population, varying between 8 and 36 repeats on normal chromosomes and is expanded with >37 repeats in chromosomes of HD-affected individuals [3].