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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.
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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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it’s the (same) old ˈstory

something unpleasant or bad which happens again and again: He says we haven’t got enough money for a trip overseas. It’s the same old story every year.
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same old story

n. an often repeated story or situation. It’s the same old story. Boy meets girl, girl gets consumption, girl dies.
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References in classic literature ?
Come," thought Danglars, "it is the same old story.
The guides will point it out to visitors for the next eight hundred years, and when it decays and falls down they will put up another there and go on with the same old story just the same.
It's the same old story, and I don't know about every other player but for me personally, I look at games and say 'If only we had won this one or that one.
It's a brave man who'd predict anything other than the same old story at those two fixtures.
THIS weekend has seen the start of the Guinness Pro12, but while it might be a new era after the rows in Welsh rugby during the summer, it could be the same old story at the end of it.
I WAS enthused when Greg Dyke came in and started talking big - but it looks like being the same old story for the next five or six years.
Nope, just the same old story - Moores had a fine pedigree in county cricket with Sussex, but the first part of his post-England career may not be a bed of roses.
We've just got a lot of games to play to try and get as many points as we can but it's the same old story, we're out of the group.
Allardyce said: "It's the same old story, isn't it?
It seems to me it's the same old story - we know who they are and where they are getting their money from to drive these big cars, but the police don't
It's the same old story - sales down significantly, home prices creeping up,'' said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Instead of what your cover-story interviewer called "a big deal for queer audiences," the film at heart is the same old story made in continuity with the Hollywood Production Code's mandate that gays, as guilty sinners, must be shown to suffer punishment.
Rotherham boss Mick Harford admitted it was a poor result, adding: "It's the same old story of poor defending.
NEW owners maybe, but it's the same old story as Livingston bump their players on an annual basis.
IT was a case of the same old story when Rugby United faced rock- bottom Stamford.