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a variation on the theme of (something)

A different or unique way of doing, saying, or presenting something that has been done in the past. The new restaurant offers a variation on the theme of the roadside diner, giving patrons haute-cuisine interpretations of greasy spoon staples. When asked why, his answer was a variation on the theme of "bigger is better." The anthology series presents variations on the themes of classic genre tropes, such as westerns, Gothic thrillers, rom-coms, and even old cheesy B movies.
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variations on the theme of something

different ways of doing or saying the same thing: Her new book of short stories offers variations on the theme of man’s desire to succeed.
See also: of, on, something, theme, variation
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Theming also can introduce warmth, comfort, and whimsy; offer opportunities for diversion from anxiety and tedium; convey useful knowledge; and establish an effective fundraising platform.
Once several pools in an area begin theming, others in that proximity find they must follow suit (or at least enhance their pools via waterfeatures and other strategies) or suffer declining revenues, Bouck adds.
Officials in Beachwood, Ohio, decided theming was essential for that very reason, says Peter Conces, the city's recreation supervisor.
But not every theming project is sparked by the need to remain competitive.
As popular as theming is becoming, there's a lot to consider before transforming your leisure pool into a themed environment.
Targeting teens and young adults generally requires theming and therefore a much bigger investment."