it's the 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.
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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 ?
Of course, there are terrible longueurs in it, and you do get tired of the same story told over and over from the different points of view, and yet it is such a great story, and unfolded with such a magnificent breadth and noble fulness, that one who blames it lightly blames himself heavily.