same old

same old

1. A shortening of "same old same old," used as a response to someone's inquiry to indicate that things are the same as ever, typically implying a degree of tedium or monotony. A: "Hey, John, long time no see! How are things?" B: "Eh, same old. Just working and looking after the kids."
2. Used to describe someone or something as being the same way they or it has ever been. I hadn't seen her in nearly eight years, but she was still the same old Janet I remembered from high school. I can't stand the thought of being trapped in some boring office job doing the same old thing every single day.
See also: old, same

same old same old

The same thing that is always done or that always happens. It often implies that such a thing is boring or monotonous. The phrase is duplicated for emphasis. We always sit around and do the same old same old. Let's go out this week. A: "What are you doing this summer?" B: "Same old same old—loading up the car and heading to the beach."
See also: old, same
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