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get in(to) a rut

To become seemingly trapped or stuck in a mundane, non-changing pattern of life, work, and/or personal behavior. I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I've gotten into a rut. We're getting in a rut—let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up!
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be (stuck) in a rut

To become seemingly trapped or stuck in a mundane, non-changing pattern of life, work, and/or personal behavior. I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I'm in a rut. We're stuck in a rut—let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up!
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*in a rut

Fig. in a type of boring habitual behavior. (As when the wheels of a buggy travel in the ruts worn into the ground by other buggies making it easiest to go exactly the way all the other buggies have gone before. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) My life has gotten into a rut. I try not to get into a rut.
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(stuck) in a rut

Fig. kept in an established way of living or working that never changes. David felt like he was stuck in a rut, so he went back to school. Anne was tired of being in a rut, so she moved to Los Angeles.
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in a rut

In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one. For example, We go to the seashore every summer-we're in a rut, or After ten years at the same job she says she's in a rut. This expression alludes to having a wheel stuck in a groove in the road. [Early 1800s]
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in a rut

following a fixed (especially tedious or dreary) pattern of behaviour that is difficult to change.
The rut in this expression is the deep groove worn by a wheel travelling many times along the same track.
1995 Nick Hornby High Fidelity I should have spotted that we were in a rut, that I had allowed things to fester to such an extent that she was on the lookout for someone else.
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in a ˈrut

in a fixed, rather boring way of doing things: I suddenly realized one day that I’d been in a rut for years: same job, same flat, same friends, ...
A rut is a deep track that a wheel makes in soft ground and which causes wheels to get stuck.
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You are more likely to see a mature buck enter a field, nose a few does around and then move on at this time than at almost any other time during the rut.
I've always found an excuse to sneak away from my other responsibilities when a snowstorm moves in during the rut.
The rut is such a mental game, I want to sit areas I have the most confidence in.
For the given rut depth filled with water, the computer model computes a hydroplaning speed of a typical passenger car and the required braking distance of the car travelling at the known speed.
Tomasz Rut Publishing is in the process of setting up a network of committed dealers.
11) The fifth biopsy specimen, also taken from the antrum, was placed in the RUT bottle (National Health Laboratory Services, Cape Town).
These indices include the area of the rut below a straight line connecting the end points of the transverse profile, the total area below the straight lines connecting the maximum surface elevations, the maximum depth for each wheelpath between a 1.
The young, misunderstood girl (the Tora type) who is struggling to liberate herself from an oppressive environment is now the budding painter Rut Nesset, the female protagonist of Det sjuende mote.
The rut depth results obtained for individual HL-3 asphalt concrete beams and the average values for each mix are presented in table 3.
There are actually three rutting cycles--a prerut in late October or early November, a main rut in late November or early December, and a post-rut in mid-to-late December or early January.
Strut & Rut Energy Shot releases new Energy Stix
Get a full range of whitetail sounds with the Rut Pack 3 from Duel Game Calls.
But across much of the whitetail's range, November--sweet, sweet November--is that one month during which the work that accompanies the whitetailer's addiction fades to an afterthought and the sheer joy and excitement of the rut takes full control of our imagination and concentration.
QUESTION I want the excitement of hunting big animals during the rut.