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be in a groove

1. To be immersed in a particular task and thus working smoothly and efficiently. Now that I'm in a groove, I think I'll be able to finish this paper tonight—ahead of schedule! If I'm in a groove, I can clean for hours.
2. To become seemingly trapped or stuck in a mundane, non-changing pattern of life, work, and/or personal behavior. In this usage, "stuck" can be used after the conjugated form of "be." I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I'm in a groove. We're stuck in a groove—let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up!
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be in the groove

1. To be immersed in a particular task and thus working smoothly and efficiently. Now that I'm in the groove, I think I'll be able to finish this paper tonight—ahead of schedule! If I'm in the groove, I can clean for hours.
2. To experience a particularly successful period. Three championship titles in a row? Wow, that team is really in the groove.
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get (one's) groove on

slang To dance and enjoy oneself. After such a long week, why don't we go get our groove on at a club tonight?
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in the groove

1. Immersed in a particular task and thus working smoothly and efficiently. Now that I'm in the groove, I think I'll be able to finish this paper tonight—ahead of schedule! If I'm in the groove, I can clean for hours.
2. Experiencing a particularly successful period. Three championship titles in a row? Wow, that team is really in the groove.
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stuck in a groove

Seemingly trapped or stuck in a non-changing pattern of life, work, or behavior. Primarily heard in UK. I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I'm stuck in a groove. We're stuck in a groove, Sally—let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up! The touchy relations between the two countries have been stuck in a groove ever since the new president backpedaled on his predecessor's commitments to a new trade deal.
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groove on someone or something

to show interest in someone or something; to relate to someone or something. Fred was beginning to groove on new age music when he met Phil. Sam is really grooving on Mary.
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*in the groove

Sl. attuned to something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I was uncomfortable at first, but now I'm beginning to get in the groove. Fred began to get in the groove, and things went more smoothly.
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in the groove

Performing very well, excellent; also, in fashion, up-to-date. For example, The band was slowly getting in the groove, or To be in the groove this year you'll have to get a fake fur coat. This idiom originally alluded to running accurately in a channel, or groove. It was taken up by jazz musicians in the 1920s and later began to be used more loosely. A variant, back in the groove, means "returning to one's old self," as in He was very ill but now he's back in the groove. [Slang; mid-1800s]
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in the groove

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in a groove

AMERICAN
COMMON If someone, especially a sports person or team is in the groove, they are performing well. Nick is in the groove, as he showed with seven goals last weekend. Agassi said: `I was in such a groove, I was able to put the ball exactly where I wanted.' Note: This expression may refer to the way the needle fits neatly into the groove on a record.
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stuck in a groove

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If you are stuck in a groove, you are doing the same things again and again and no longer feel able to change your habits. After a certain age, it's easy to get stuck in a groove with your style.
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in (or into) the groove

1 performing well or confidently, especially in an established pattern. 2 indulging in relaxed and spontaneous enjoyment, especially dancing. informal
A groove is the spiral track cut in a gramophone record that forms the path for the needle. In the groove is first found in the mid 20th century, in the context of jazz, and it gave rise to the adjective groovy , which initially meant ‘playing or able to play jazz or similar music well’.
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be (stuck) in a ˈgroove

(British English) be unable to change something that you have been doing the same way for a long time and that has become boring: While other businesses are attracting new customers, this one seems to be stuck in a groove, and has been losing money for the last two years.
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get in the groove

in. to become attuned to something. (see also in the groove.) I was uncomfortable at first, but now I’m beginning to get in the groove.
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groove

n. something pleasant or cool. (see also in the groove.) This day has been a real groove.

groove on someone/something

in. to show interest in someone or something; to relate to someone or something. Fred was beginning to groove on new age music when he met Phil.
See also: groove, on, someone, something

grooved

(gruvd)
mod. pleased. I am so grooved. I’ll just kick back and meditate.
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grooving

mod. enjoying; being cool and laid back. Look at those guys grooving in front of the television set.
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in the groove

mod. cool; groovy; pleasant and delightful. (see also get in the groove.) Man, is that combo in the groove tonight!
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stone groove

n. something really cool; a fine party or concert. This affair is not what I would call a stone groove. Stone beige, maybe.
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in the groove

Slang
Performing exceptionally well.
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Deep radicular grooves can predispose to pulp necrosis and the establishment of combined endodontic-periodontal lesions.
1 Factors that may contribute to plaque accumulation and retention include; marginal ridge discrepancies, food impaction, cervical enamel projections, open contacts, and pits and grooves on tooth surfaces.
The researchers laid down fetuin within the circular groove and coated the rotor with a protein called streptavidin.
They rolled and bounced over the slope with what appeared to be minimal jerking and jolting, but sometimes had trouble aligning their vehicles' wheels with the grooves.
Diameter 45 mm Length / diameter (L/D) 25 Feed throat 8 rectangular grooves Axial rectangular grooves 3.
The tooth has a distinctive groove that's wide and semicircular near the base of the tooth and that narrows into a V shape near the tip.
Photo: (1) On the group's third album, ``Darkest Days,'' Chicago-based Stabbing Westward adds electronic beats and grooves to its hard-rock sound.
The Whitey Album combined the band's long-running desire to cover the Beatles' White Album in its entirety and its adoration of radical beat-box grooves with a nod and wink to east village troublemaker-cum-pop-queen superstar Madonna.
Key statement: Five land portions on tread surface are demarcated by four main grooves that extend in a tire circumferential direction TC.
Now, researchers using optical-scanning equipment have made exquisitely detailed maps of the grooves of such recordings.
Where there are no advantages, they have found ways to neutralize grooved-feeding action by heating the grooves, thereby making grooved-feed sections nearly as versatile as smooth.
The serrated groove walls are vertical grooves located along the inner and outer circumferential grooves, which lessen stress on the tire block edges to provide greater durability.
Key statement: A vehicle wheel tire center tread region has a repeating circumferential array of first substantially V-shaped grooves positioned on the centerplane, each first V-shaped groove having divergent first groove side arms extending in a first circumferential direction, and a repeating circumferential array of second substantially V-shaped grooves positioned on the centerplane and having divergent second groove side arms extending in a second circumferential direction opposite to the first circumferential direction.
These tiny, chisel-like features provide a serrated edge that can leave minuscule grooves on gnawed bones.