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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Does that old chestnut really need explaining again?’
- ‘‘Do you expect me to fall for that old chestnut,’ she fumed.’
- ‘Things become old chestnuts because there is a certain sense to them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We've discovered the answer to that old chestnut.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Cost is another of the old chestnuts that's brought up every so often.’
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