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a variation on the theme of (something)

A different or unique way of doing, saying, or presenting something that has been done in the past. The new restaurant offers a variation on the theme of the roadside diner, giving patrons haute-cuisine interpretations of greasy spoon staples. When asked why, his answer was a variation on the theme of "bigger is better." The anthology series presents variations on the themes of classic genre tropes, such as westerns, Gothic thrillers, rom-coms, and even old cheesy B movies.
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variations on the theme of something

different ways of doing or saying the same thing: Her new book of short stories offers variations on the theme of man’s desire to succeed.
See also: of, on, something, theme, variation
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Genetic variation - that is, accumulated mutations in the DNA - is the fuel for all evolutionary change: the more genetic variation, the faster evolution works and the more possibilities for novel adaptive solutions.
A total of 86 patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery in the Department of ENT, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, were studied with the help of computed tomography and the sinonasal anatomical variations were recorded and analysed.
The variations that the OECD study revealed indicated that there was substantial variation in healthcare use in Australia and that further investigations of the extent and nature of that variation could be useful in the improvement of the quality and appropriateness of health care in Australia.
The report further said that out of the total of 92 provincial assembly constituencies, 72 showed a variation rate between 11 per cent and 20 per cent, nine constituencies showed a variation between 21 per cent and 30 per cent, seven constituencies showed variation between 31 per cent and 40 per cent, three showed a variation between 41 per cent and 50 per cent.
The die temperature at the discharge end varies about 4[degrees] C(7[degrees] F), and it would be tempting to conclude that the die-temperature variation is causing the tubing-temperature variation.
Diurnal variation of hematology parameters in healthy young males: the Bispebjerg study of diurnal variations.
Scholtka and colleagues used 80 human colon tissue samples representing cancers and precancers to detect genetic variations using a combination of two techniques: The first technique - locked nucleic acid (LNA)-based, wild-type blocking (WTB) polymerase chain reaction - suppressed normal DNA present in large quantities in the sample; and the second technique - high-resolution melting (HRM) - enhanced the detection of genetic variations.
Variations in the produced part reflect the inherent inaccuracies within the machine structure itself [3].
The memorable theme is Schubert's famous song, Heidenroslein, a jaunty, yet refined, 16-measure melody that provides fertile ground for variation with its playful intervals, teasing tempo fluctuations and a poignant fermata, which Liebermann uses to great effect, particularly in variation I, II and the finale.
First launched by Indiana University in the mid-1990s, Variations is a digital asset management system uniquely designed to handle music materials.
The two greatest are undoubtedly Bach's Goldberg Variations and those Beethoven composed to an 1819 commission from the publisher Anton Diabelli, who had the shrewd idea of inviting various fashionable composers, including Schubert and the eightyear-old Liszt, each to compose a variation on a tawdry little waltz tune he himself had composed.
Ballet, character, pointe, variations, hip hop, jazz, modern, Pilates.