In a rut

In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one. For example, We go to the seashore every summer—we’re in a rut, or After ten years at the same job she says she’s in a rut. This expression alludes to having a wheel stuck in a groove in the road. [ Early 1800s ]


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