repeat (oneself)

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repeat (oneself)

To repeat what one has previously done or stated. Be sure to take detailed notes, because I will not repeat myself. People surprised at the sudden shift in public opinion would do well to remember that history tends to repeat itself.
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repeat oneself

Express oneself in the same way or with the same words, as in Grandma forgets she has told us this story before and repeats herself over and over, or This architect tends to repeat himself-all his houses look alike. A well-known version of this idiom is the proverb History repeats itself, first recorded (in English) in 1561. For example, Her mother also married when she was 18-history repeats itself. [Mid-1800s]
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References in classic literature ?
'Ah, ma'am--humanity is indeed a happy lot, when we can repeat ourselves in others, and still be young as they.
At Profit, we have previously discussed a detailed history of this insane policy - including an explanation as to why it is insane - and will not repeat ourselves here.
The Duffers and I go into every new season determined to not repeat ourselves and to be true to the DNA of our show, while also taking our viewers to a level they haven't been yet.
'We try not to repeat ourselves [so we wanted] to challenge ourselves with an all-Filipino album,' he affirmed.
At the end of the day, we just didn't want to repeat ourselves. All that madness, we'd already done that on our previous records.
"As much as we still want to be a heavy band, we don't want to repeat ourselves and we felt that we had maxed out on that after the last record.
It became a claim of ours to say if we make hotels, we don't want to repeat ourselves. We went in the extreme opposite [direction], instead of standardising, instead of giving guests the feeling of being in the same place everywhere they go.
We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome.
And Dean realises it sounds fantastical, adding: "When we tell people what we've done we often have to repeat ourselves a few times before they realise they haven't misheard us."
This place where we are safe enough to repeat ourselves
Many of us repeat ourselves when giving directions or feedback.
Reaching for old ways, we look for the solidity of established patterns, and as we repeat ourselves, our understandings deepen.
We had to repeat ourselves constantly, and that can be frustrating.