same old story


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it's the same old story

What is about to be or has just been mentioned is nothing new; it is a situation that happens repeatedly. A chief executive found guilty of fraud? It's the same old story. They always think they'll get away with it.
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same old story

something that occurs or has occurred in the same way often. Jim's got no money. It's the same old story. He's spent it all on clothing. The company is getting rid of workers. It's the same old story—a shortage of orders.
See also: old, same, story

same old story

n. an often repeated story or situation. It’s the same old story. Boy meets girl, girl gets consumption, girl dies.
See also: old, same, story
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