old story

old story

Something that is not new or happens repeatedly. A CEO of a financial firm found guilty of fraud? It's an old story at this point. They always think they'll get away with it, too. Oh yeah, his crappy behavior when he's been drinking is an old story. We all just tend to avoid going out to bars with him.
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old story, an

A common occurrence or excuse. For example, Karen's mood swings are an old story. [c. 1700] Also see same old story.
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References in classic literature ?
Reginald, you agitate me beyond expression, I cannot suppose that the old story of Mrs.
She locked the story away in the garret trunk where the old Story Club tales reposed; but first she yielded to Diana's entreaties and gave her a copy.
The old story! I began to be weary of saying to myself, 'I can't get back!
'The old story,' he said, shaking his head: 'no wedding-ring, I see.
" 'T is of Aucassin and Nicolete," she replied, with something in her voice which seemed to imply that the tender old story would be familiar to me.
I know something of it, for I belonged to it before you made a princess of me, as the king does the beggarmaid in the old story. Ambitious girls have a hard time, Laurie, and often have to see youth, health, and precious opportunities go by, just for want of a little help at the right minute.
"In the old story, my dear sir, Mentor sometimes surprised Telemachus.
As poor little Dido was jerked away by the unsympathetic maid, and Purple-gaiters essayed in vain to plead his cause, Polly said to herself, with a smile and a sigh; "How early the old story begins!"
It seemed as if the spring weather had brought out all manner of tender things beside fresh grass and the first dandelions, for as she went down the street Polly kept seeing different phases of the sweet old story which she was trying to forget.
But though it was now an old story, and the most aged people had almost forgotten that such a vessel had been wrecked, William Phips resolved that the sunken treasure should again be brought to light.
"Come," thought Danglars, "it is the same old story." And while he smiled as he attempted to regard the affair as a joke, he felt his temples get moist with perspiration.
In turn the eldest son becomes a virtuous 'Fater,' and the old story begins again.
The guides will point it out to visitors for the next eight hundred years, and when it decays and falls down they will put up another there and go on with the same old story just the same.
IT WAS a case of same old story for Wrexham as they went 450 minutes without scoring a goal following their 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night.
1 : an old story that is widely believed but cannot be proved to be true