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it's the same old rigmarole

What is about to be or has just been mentioned is nothing new; it is a situation that happens repeatedly. A: "The CEO was found guilty of fraud." B: "It's the same old rigmarole, these billionaire con artists thinking they can get away with anything." Whenever I bring up the idea of renovating the house to her, it's the same old rigmarole, with her telling me there's no way we can afford it right now.
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same old story, the

Also, the same old rigmarole. A frequently recurring event or situation, as in It's the same old story-they won't hire you without experience but how can you get experience if you're not hired? Both these expressions originally alluded to a tiresome, rambling discourse but today are used mainly for an irksome recurrence. The first gained currency during World War II with a song, "As Time Goes By," popularized in the film Casablanca (1942).
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same old rigmarole, the

An elaborate traditional procedure; nonsensical talk. The word rigmarole is believed to be a corruption of ragman roll, a name given in the thirteenth century to the “rolls” of homage and fealty given by the clergy and barons to the king. The rolls looked ragged because numerous seals were attached to them. The portmanteau word began to appear in print in the early 1700s and was mainly applied to a rambling, disconnected discourse. Byron (Don Juan, 1818) wrote, “His speech was a fine sample, on the whole, of rhetoric, which the learn’d call rigmarole,” and George Meredith wrote in Richard Feverel (1859), “You never heard such a rigmarole.” In the twentieth century the term was increasingly used for a tiresomely elaborate procedure, such as an exceptionally complicated graduation ceremony, with “same old” indicating that one would have to undergo it yet again. A newer synonym is the same old song and dance, meaning an overfamiliar, hackneyed routine. Maclean’s Magazine of November 19, 1979, stated: “For singing-telegram junkies bored by the same old song and dance, Cookie climbs into a furry suit to deliver Gorillagrams.” Still newer is the slangy same old, same old, a description of anything that has been repeated too often. For example, “When John asked her about her vacation, she said ‘Same old, same old; we’ve been going to the beach for twenty years.’ ”
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References in classic literature ?
If it pleases you to believe this rigmarole about ether and Fraunhofer's lines upon the spectrum, do so by all means, but do not ask one who is older and wiser than yourself to share in your folly.
How can I take that Planchette rigmarole seriously?
But what did the man mean by his extraordinary rigmarole about the newspaper, and that crazy old woman?
It is as if they had been named by the child's rigmarole,--IERY FIERY ICHERY VAN, TITTLE-TOL-TAN.
Why, Ozma laid out this trip," replied Dorothy, "and she 'vised us to see the Rigmaroles next, and then visit the Tin Woodman.
I'm anxious to see what the Rigmaroles are like, and this path ought to take us there the quickest way.
You are always preaching long rigmaroles about nothing at all.
Then, according to you, we are to believe in all your rigmaroles," said Genestas, with the easy good-humor of a soldier who has never given a thought to these things.
When I called ScottishPower to request that this money be refunded to her bank account, I had to go through the rigmarole of reading the meter to then be told that this would take between four and six weeks to investigate before a cheque could be issued.
That was before they got above themselves with self-important, Whitehall-style cabinets, portfolios and the rest of the modish rigmarole of today's local government.
If the RFU thinks I am the man for the job and there wasn't going to be any rigmarole of going through the whole process which I have before then I would be a contender.
PAUL NICHOLLS is pictured here with one of his high-class hurdlers from yesteryear, having bumped into Rigmarole on a recent visit to Henstridge's Riding for the Disabled Centre to present a certificate to longstanding rider Paul Woodford.
Kurt added: "Pharmacies provide a consultancy service without the rigmarole of providing your name, personal details or even having to make an appointment.
boost give MAC Strobe Cream gives your face an all-round radiance and is particularly great for Saturday and Sunday when you can't be bothered with the whole make-up rigmarole, but aren't brave enough to do the 'bare' look.
New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): National Human Rights Commission has said that bureaucratic rigmarole is causing delay in restoration of the dignity of a Rajasthani village that seems to have been named in contravention of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989.