One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to indicate the continual repetition of an action or sequence of events, typically in a way regarded as tiresomely predictable.‘If the sun doesn't come out soon, I'm going to kill myself. Rain, clouds, grey, cold. Rinse, repeat’‘Most scary movies have the build up, the scary moment, then they let you relax for a while. Lather, rinse, repeat’
- ‘Beat up a bunch of not-too-bright enemies, navigate a level, throw in some physical obstacles, lather, rinse, repeat.’
- ‘People are introduced. Stuff happens to them. Occasionally, it involves Martians. Colonel Wilder shows up. Stuff happens to him. Lather, rinse, repeat.’
- ‘The guys inevitably say "mea culpa," but go back to business as usual. Rinse and repeat.’
- ‘If the right sort of program was started on one computer, it could phone other computers, each of which would copy the program and run it. Lather, rinse and repeat.’
- ‘Agencies cut the ratings, which prompts bond investors to demand higher yields, which makes it even less likely that the nations will be able to meet payment obligations, which leads to further downgrades and so forth. Wash, rinse, repeat.’
- ‘These days, September isn't a time to refresh and renew; it's just like the summer, work, work, sleep, sleep, lather, rinse, repeat.’
- ‘Plotline for every song here: narrator's heart is broken so he goes and gets drunk, lather, rinse, repeat.’
- ‘He's up at 6: 30 a.m., at his desk by 7: 30 a.m., to the golf course at 2 p.m. for 18 holes, back home by 6 p.m., nap until 6: 30 p.m., dinner at 7, work a few more hours, rinse, repeat.’
- ‘Lather, rinse and repeat is the name of the game for these fellas.’
- ‘I get up and come to work and go home and do a few little things around the house and go to bed - lather, rinse, repeat - but I'm not doing anything much outside of that daily routine.’
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