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get in(to) a rut

To become seemingly trapped or stuck in a mundane, non-changing pattern of life, work, and/or personal behavior. I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I've gotten into a rut. We're getting in a rut—let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up!
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be (stuck) in a rut

To become seemingly trapped or stuck in a mundane, non-changing pattern of life, work, and/or personal behavior. I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I'm in a rut. We're stuck in a rut—let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up!
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*in a rut

Fig. in a type of boring habitual behavior. (As when the wheels of a buggy travel in the ruts worn into the ground by other buggies making it easiest to go exactly the way all the other buggies have gone before. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) My life has gotten into a rut. I try not to get into a rut.
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(stuck) in a rut

Fig. kept in an established way of living or working that never changes. David felt like he was stuck in a rut, so he went back to school. Anne was tired of being in a rut, so she moved to Los Angeles.
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in a rut

In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one. For example, We go to the seashore every summer-we're in a rut, or After ten years at the same job she says she's in a rut. This expression alludes to having a wheel stuck in a groove in the road. [Early 1800s]
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in a rut

following a fixed (especially tedious or dreary) pattern of behaviour that is difficult to change.
The rut in this expression is the deep groove worn by a wheel travelling many times along the same track.
1995 Nick Hornby High Fidelity I should have spotted that we were in a rut, that I had allowed things to fester to such an extent that she was on the lookout for someone else.
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in a ˈrut

in a fixed, rather boring way of doing things: I suddenly realized one day that I’d been in a rut for years: same job, same flat, same friends, ...
A rut is a deep track that a wheel makes in soft ground and which causes wheels to get stuck.
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My experience with both wild and captive deer has opened my eyes to how misinformed the typical hunter is regarding the rut.
Never forget to carry a set of rattling antlers, and use them during every phase of the rut.
In order to evaluate the road and automobile stability in motion on the uneven surface with ruts, the following criterion is suggested (Vansauskas, Bogdevicius 2009):
To validate our practice of reading the RUT immediately after endoscopy (RU[T.
These data also mirror my experience; when I've hunted firearms seasons that fell during the peak of the rut, I've watched bucks exhibit classic rutting behavior that includes chasing, grunting, breeding, sparring and fighting.
This contract is for the supply of cradles of turnouts and ruts central guidance on simple communications located on the subway line 1 Lille.
If you are out there during this time you will say, "Man, the rut was great this year.
Ruts are treated as dangerous defects, since they might cause danger for traffic, especially when the pavement is wet [3].
Secondary ruts--when does that didn't conceive in the first rut become sexually active again--usually occur late in the season.
Picture 2,000 miles of wilderness wagon ruts (mostly walked, not ridden) from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley and from southern Idaho to California, Utah, and other destinations.
LAX initiated taxiway reconstruction work because heavy, wide-body aircraft are spending more time on airfield areas, which is causing ruts in asphalt pavement in which aircraft can get stuck.
Those factors, as well as the few does that enter estrus early and late, are big contributors to hunters talking about an early, late, intense or slow ruts.
Most second ruts are probably a combination of fawns coming into their first heat and adult does that were un-bred coming into their second heat.
The mud was deep on the winding course wrought with tight turns, deep ruts and a steep 15-foot hill.