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 ?
One after another those words travelled over my memory, repeating themselves again and again with a wearisome, mechanical reiteration.
When she ceased the auricular impressions from their previous endearments seemed to hustle away into the corner of their brains, repeating themselves as echoes from a time of supremely purblind foolishness.
So strange was the precision with which the incidents of the previous evening were repeating themselves that he half expected, when he heard the key turn, to see his wife before him on the threshold; but the door opened, and Mattie faced him.
However, an attack in one of the busiest parts of Lahore at a location which has been targeted before implies that there is room for more vigilance to prevent such tragedies from repeating themselves.
Journeys and names repeating themselves in succession without end." And while the novel succeeds in digging deep into the annals of history, it also makes the reader realize how much impact the land of Palestine has had on the two characters and the various stories generating from the region.
Former manager Michael Laudrup has questioned why the same problems have kept repeating themselves at Swansea City since his departure.
We can't have such incidents repeating themselves here,' Kitiyo said.
People walking up walls, nonsensical conversations, situations repeating themselves.
MrGrumpy huddersfield examiner Reaction: Readers condemn hospital meeting walkout "rent a mob" I walked out as they were repeating themselves. They chose the questions they were going to answer with five being on the same theme with the same answers.
is equates to parents repeating themselves almost 11,000 times a year to feed, bath and put kids to bed.
It's unfortunate for society, and maybe for our species, that smart people are better at repeating themselves than the rest of us.
They may be repeating themselves in some of this latest filing, but keep it up, we say.
To quote Willa Cather, "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before." No one --least of all, I suspect, Tracy Letts--would claim that "August: Osage County" is something that's never been done before, but as repetitions go, it's a fierce one indeed.
Apparently people make the most important points in their opening statements and after that, they end up just repeating themselves and yelling.