same old story


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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.
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same old story

something that occurs or has occurred in the same way often. Jim's got no money. It's the same old story. He's spent it all on clothing. The company is getting rid of workers. It's the same old story—a shortage of orders.
See also: old, same, story

same old story

n. an often repeated story or situation. It’s the same old story. Boy meets girl, girl gets consumption, girl dies.
See also: old, same, story
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People who did told me it was the same old story: Little about the fabulous footballer he was, lots about the tearful, tragic, helpless drunk he became.
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Rotherham boss Mick Harford admitted it was a poor result, added: "It's the same old story - poor defending."
JUST wanted to drop you a short note to say what an absolute superb piece of journalism you wrote in your most recent column "Celtic Shame Is Same Old Story" - more power to your pen sir.
"Liberal, Tory, same old story"; so ran a chant of my youth.
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"It's not a case of doubting yourself but rather, 'Here we go again with the same old story'.
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Since I started supporting them over 40 years ago, it has been the same old story. I would love to know the stats for the last 40 Christmases.
"It's the same old story for Harry but he's convinced the band could beat him and be a success this year."