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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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Trouble following a conversation, repeating oneself, stopping mid-sentence without any idea of how to continue, or calling things by the wrong name all suggest it might be time to visit a doctor.
Common symptoms include memory impairment (especially in relation to timelines), forgetfulness, losing things and repeating oneself. It can become harder to perform everyday tasks, and conversations can become slow and muddled.
There are various ways this could occur - Dr Karen Harrison Dening, director of Admiral Nursing at Dementia UK (dementiauk.org), says common examples include losing items regularly, getting lost or disorientated in seemingly familiar places and repeating oneself frequently.
There are various ways this could occur - Dr Karen Harrison Dening, director of Admiral Nursing at Dementia UK (www.dementiauk.org), says common examples might include losing items regularly, getting lost or disorientated in seemingly familiar places and repeating oneself frequently.
Just about the only thing that hasn't changed in the past 20 years is that charming speech recognition command that everyone knows and loves, "SCRATCH THAT." Granted, more recent versions of NaturallySpeaking can boast the ability to say "Scratch That 6 Times" to avoid repeating oneself. But who would want to use it?
But not repeating oneself now and then is awfully hard; in one guise or another, repetition is the giant pitfall lying in the path of every hack.
Repeating oneself is what every good designer tries to avoid in the ever-changing vogue of the trendy world.
One must of course beware of merely repeating oneself, but if I fall into this trap you and others will make me aware of it" (319).
Repeating oneself is helpful in an oral lecture but annoying in the written version.
Halfway through the match so many instances of brilliance had occurred that one ran out of superlatives to describe them without repeating oneself.