One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used, especially in similes, to refer to a person's constant and annoying repetition of a particular statement or opinion.‘at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me repeat: it will be difficult to do well in the exam without attending classes regularly’‘I know I'm a broken record on this, but once again, they are lying about the deficit’
- ‘At the risk of sounding like a broken record, look back into the history.’
- ‘Most importantly, I've discovered that a patient tone while reciting this broken record avoids the cascade of tears, injured looks, and sour faces caused by yelling.’
- ‘All the mainstream political parties have been playing the same stuck record for 40 years: More police, tougher penalties.’
- ‘Sorry to sound like a broken record.’
- ‘The same gripes can be aired only so often before they start to sound like a broken record.’
- ‘"He just turned up the volume on a broken record," said the columnist.’
- ‘They said the minister's endless announcements made him sound like 'a broken record'.’
- ‘All I got was a stuck record that repeated my misdemeanours in a tone of voice that left me in no doubt as to the dubiousness of my credentials, pedigree and character.’
- ‘At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, please check the status of your smoke alarms.’
1940s: with reference to a scratched gramophone record that sticks at a particular point when played and constantly repeats the same passage.
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