same old story, the

it's the same old story

What is about to be or has just been mentioned is nothing new; it is a situation that happens repeatedly. A chief executive found guilty of fraud? It's the same old story. They always think they'll get away with it.
See also: old, same, story

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).
See also: old, same