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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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The insistent repetition that surrounds it, in contrast,is oddly garrulous: its form consists in continuously rearticulating adesignation of absence, as if ineffectually castigating a noisy child.If one repeats oneself when speaking of silence, one can only beresponding to noise, and responding to it by creating more of it.Gomringer's poem, then, misses the concept it is trying toicon-ize in two directions.