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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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be (stuck) in a rut

to do the same things all the time so that you become bored, or to be in a situation where it is impossible to make progress At forty my life was in a rut, so I gave up work and travelled to India. It's clear the economy is still stuck in a rut.
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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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At this age, he'll enter the rut with more zeal, and he will be a willing participant in sparring and fighting matches with similarly sized bucks for the right to hang with an estrous female--at least until a real big boy chases him off.
The roughness of the road surface, assessed by IRI, depends on the size of fatigue cracks and the average depth of ruts (Caliendo 2012; Loizos, Plati 2008).
The Ruts DC support Biteback on Monday March 18 at Eric's.
These include, among other things, the analytical correlations between the vehicle speed and the rut depths, anti-skid/anti-slip properties, the soft shoulder maintenance, the available sight distance and the road bendiness.
The ruts were created in soft limestone that, as a soluble rock, is subject to solution under rainfall when directly exposed at the Earth's surface.
Another example of the ruts that we're in is the Predator UAV.
One method developed for rut testing of cold-mix asphalt uses the following variables:
Edward de Bono, the Father of lateral thinking, believes that because the world is too much with us, when we attempt to do some creative thinking there is a tendency For us to be so deeply within the ruts that we have worn down through our daily living that we often can't manage to see beyond the walls of our own devising.
At the Whitman Mission, you can see Oregon Trail ruts that endure to this day, and ponder the 1836 massacre of missionary Marcus Whitman, his wife and 11 others because the resident Cayuse Indians blamed them for a measles epidemic that wiped out half the tribe.
The process of skidding--hauling the tree from where it is cut to where it is loaded onto a truck--causes much of the havoc associated with logging, including damaging standing trees and digging deep ruts in the ground.
A British Airways (BA) flight to London was delayed for nearly two hours Tuesday after the jumbo jet's wheels became stuck in ruts on Narita airport's only runway, airport officials said.
We've got to get out of these ruts if we're to restore the health of this country.
In fact, teams with a very stable membership deteriorate in performance over time because members become too similar in viewpoint to one another or get stuck in ruts.
Contract notice: providing equipment cradles ways and ruts central guide.