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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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(stuck) in a rut

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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When the conditions are right --its the rut, the wind is in your face, and the ground is damp--still-hunting can be extremely effective.
Moreover, administration of RUT, at the concentrations ranging from 30 to 70 [micro]M, reversed the reduction of cell viability in THP-treated cells (P < 0.05).
In granular material layers, the mechanism of rut depth reduction through geosynthetic reinforcement may be explained as follows:
(2011) evaluate an approach to predicting rut formation in AC layers.
Corona Light will also launch the "Rut Buster!" Facebook application in June, which allows users to create, customize and share a "Rut Buster!" video montage with Facebook friends who are in danger of falling into one of their own.
The preparations for the rut start in August, when the male deer fray the velvet off their hardened antlers by rubbing them on trees and branches.
Zayden, a longtime friend of Rut, has been carrying the artist's work in his Miami-based Art Express Gallery and has sold millions of dollars of his work throughout the years.
The rapid urease test (RUT) is used at Groote Schuur Hospital for diagnosing Helicobacter pylori infection.
"My current finances really stink, and I'm fully open to being relieved of this mountain of debt." Those thoughts are actually on the right track, if you'll keep rolling with where they lead instead of digging a hopeless rut. The persistence I talked about will come in your new actions--not in repetitive thoughts--good or bad.
This repetitive behavior wears away into a rut. And the rut has gotten so deep that it is difficult for these people to see what's going on outside of it.
I call myself the "rut control officer." We're in these ruts and we're trying to get ourselves out of these ruts.
The samples were immediately transferred into plastic molds used for rut testing in the Asphalt Pavement Analyzer (APA).
The RUT Model requires the application of basic statistical techniques to calculate a predicted future risk value and historical cost value for every member of the health plan's population.
Sometimes runners get hooked on the same running routine-- route, time of day, pace--and what was once a routine becomes a rut. Motivation and joy can languish.