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same old story, the

Also, the same old rigmarole. A frequently recurring event or situation, as in It's the same old story-they won't hire you without experience but how can you get experience if you're not hired? Both these expressions originally alluded to a tiresome, rambling discourse but today are used mainly for an irksome recurrence. The first gained currency during World War II with a song, "As Time Goes By," popularized in the film Casablanca (1942).
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References in classic literature ?
cried Aunt Em, impatiently; "what's all this rigmarole about?
It's a rigmarole because the boy is a Rigmarole and we've come to Rigmarole Town.
For here, if one can't talk clearly, and straight to the point, they send him to Rigmarole Town; while Uncle Sam lets him roam around wild and free, to torture innocent people.
We haven't visited the Rigmaroles or the Flutterbudgets yet," said Dorothy.
I've heard of the Rigmaroles, and wondered what they were like; but now I know, and I'm ready to move on.
I've read a few rigmaroles that might have come from this very town.
The Rigmaroles had made a strong impression upon her.
Now I want to know what that rigmarole you told me this morning meant.
This is the rigmarole he got off to me the other day.
You may wonder what his rigmarole, his amateur Paganini performances on one string or on twenty, have to do with your planting, and yet prefer it to leached ashes or plaster.
How can I take that Planchette rigmarole seriously?
But what did the man mean by his extraordinary rigmarole about the newspaper, and that crazy old woman?
Your Latin and rigmarole may soon dry off you, but you'll be but a bare stick after that.
If the RFU thinks I am the man for the job and there wasn't going to be any rigmarole of going through the whole process which I have before then I would be a contender.
PAUL NICHOLLS is pictured here with one of his high-class hurdlers from yesteryear, having bumped into Rigmarole on a recent visit to Henstridge's Riding for the Disabled Centre to present a certificate to longstanding rider Paul Woodford.