One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A joke, story, or subject that has become tedious and uninteresting through constant repetition.‘the subject under discussion is that old chestnut, public or private financing of the arts’
funny story, jest, witticism, quip, pleasantryView synonyms
- ‘‘Do you expect me to fall for that old chestnut,’ she fumed.’
- ‘Cost is another of the old chestnuts that's brought up every so often.’
- ‘The old chestnut of ‘environmental damage’ is, of course, a favourite concern of green campaigners, and one which the UK government is keen to take on board.’
- ‘We've discovered the answer to that old chestnut.’
- ‘In the past she has denied the old chestnut about women not being as funny as men but today she clearly can't be bothered fighting.’
- ‘It covers the old chestnut of paper versus computers and comes to an interesting conclusion, which I'm afraid I've kind of given away in the quote above.’
- ‘Does that old chestnut really need explaining again?’
- ‘Things become old chestnuts because there is a certain sense to them.’
- ‘Another barrier comes tumbling down, as that old chestnut about the Germans never making a funny comedy has to be consigned to the history book.’
- ‘This is an old chestnut of a story, and like the previous similar surveys it has a huge flaw which undermines the result: you don't know if the respondents are telling the truth.’
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