harp on (something)

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harp on (something)

To continue to mention or complain about some issue in a persistent and irritating manner. It was one mistake—why do you keep harping on it? I don't want to harp on this issue any longer, but I really need it to be resolved today.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

harp on someone or something

Fig. to keep talking or complaining about someone or something; to refer to someone or something again and again. I wish you would quit harping on Jeff all the time. He couldn't be all that bad. Stop harping on my mistakes and work on your own.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

harp on

Dwell on; talk or write about to a tedious and excessive extent. For example, She kept harping on the fact that she had no household help at all. This expression is a shortening of harp on the same string, meaning "to play the same note over and over." It was first recorded in 1518.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

harp on

v.
To talk about something to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on something: Every day my teacher harps on the importance of getting to class on time.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Miller, I had indeed to go campaigning before, but I was barbed from counter to tail, and a man went along to groom me; and now I cannot understand what ailed me to prefer the mill before the battle." "Forbear," said the Miller to him, "harping on what was of yore, for it is the common lot of mortals to sustain the ups and downs of fortune."
You can hear Shelley perform her concert HarpOsphere; try the harp for the first time at a Hands-on Harps workshop; bring your little ones to a Tiny Hands-on Harps session; listen to harp ensembles including Dynamic Harps, Wales Clarsach Society, Harping On and Start Harp students.
When you hear Nordmann play you don't think of a fabled Book of Revelations harper harping on a harp.