be (stuck) in a rut

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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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Wolves are stuck in a rut having lost four on the spin, scoring just one goal in the process.
We don't accept that we are stuck in a rut of rising unemployment, low growth and bad prospects for people.
The survey shows in the North East one third of people are not living up to their full potential, nearly a quarter think their lives are stuck in a rut and more than a quarter say they regret not making the most of school.
To dream you're a sailor means that you are stuck in a rut and need a break.
Notwithstanding, when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, a significant proportion of consumers are stuck in a rut.
SINKING FEELING: Two-thirds of us are stuck in a rut