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it's the same old rigmarole

What is about to be or has just been mentioned is nothing new; this is a situation that happens repeatedly and predictably. 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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the same old rigmarole

The same process, situation, routine, etc., repeated to a tedious, irritating, or exhausting degree. Every time we come up with a new proposal, we have to deal with the same old rigmarole with upper management to get it approved. I hate having to go through the same old rigmarole of setting up a new account every time I want to buy something from an online store.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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'The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum congratulates Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on his victory at the polls after a tortuous and needless rigmarole.'
The much-vaunted people-to-people-contact rigmarole degenerated into a one-sided tourist yatra from Pakistan to India.
JAKE White has warned England he will not be submitted to the "rigmarole" of an arduous application process for the vacant head coach role.
?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."
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.
Maybe he means that people get served quicker because punters can't be bothered by the rigmarole and consequently no one uses it.
FAISALABAD, June 17, 2009 (Balochistan Times) --Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) have demanded withdrawal of minimum tax regime and regular assessment rigmarole as it would open floodgates of corruption and deplete net revenue collection.
Q WHAT'S the origin of the word rigmarole? It's such a strange word.
Coach Anderson said: "The officials are wired up and the touch judge could have told the ref earlier and stopped the whole rigmarole."
"I now have to go through the whole rigmarole of getting to know and trust new people."
The rigmarole of pre-season is now firmly behind them and Ward anticipates a successful campaign to vindicate his decision to link up with Micky Adams' squad.
In carrying on and updating the tradition of "Ecrasez l'Infame!" Harris displays flashes of blasphemous wit (Eucharist hosts are "defenseless crackers," Muhammad's Paradise resembles an "al fresco bordello," the New Testament ends with "the all-consuming rigmarole of Revelation"), and he scores any number of direct hits on deserving targets.
The five-year-old, who was placed over fences in France before joining Martin Pipe's stable and showing smart form over hurdles, still ran well at the Scottish track to finish second to the progressive Tribal Dispute and looks more reliable than main rivals Rigmarole and Flying Spirit.
but it could prove costly to rule Rigmarole out your calculations for the Champion Hurdle in March.