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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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*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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Estimation of free-flow speeds on rutted asphalt two-way, two-lane roads with the soft shoulders, The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering 6(3): 201-209.
k)]--three parameters of speed distribution for the level and straight-ahead road fragments of 7 m carriageways with a bendiness of 5[degrees]/km and variously rutted sections, km/h; k -rut depth (0 [less than or equal to] k [less than or equal to] 50 mm), mm; [a.
It turned out, however, that the pavement of road fragments just upstream of hectometer research sections, and that of rutted research sections, were in various condition, so the estimation by (model 1) for the rut depth of k = 0 mm yielded a slightly lower coefficient values, ap then the speed values, [v.
California ranks first nationally in extra vehicle operating costs that motorists pay when driving on congested, rutted roads.
National Forest Service work crews repairing rutted and washed-out trails in popular camping and wilderness areas need a little help from volunteers willing to make a small trek to do some dirty work.
It also adds stability to the vehicle's handling since the rubber reduces tug on the steering system on rutted roads.
At several spots, you can look back from the rutted dirt road to see the inverted arches folded into layers of rock that gave the area its name.
Strapped into a big yellow open-topped Jeep, we bounced off the blacktopped road onto what looked like a rutted cow path, jostled over rocks and through the tailings of landslides, bumped past old gold-mining claims, forded shallow streams.