Definition of trot something out in English:

trot something out

phrasal verb

  • Provide an explanation or piece of information that has already been used many times before.

    ‘everyone trots out the old excuse’
    • ‘Year in and year out the same comments are trotted out as to the pros and cons of the difficulty of the tests.’
    • ‘I have two responses to this conversation and trot them out as needed.’
    • ‘Many of the tired old clichés were trotted out, and the general impression was given of the big bad farmer and the little innocent bystander who was being affected by his actions.’
    • ‘No doubt the same old jingoistic cliches will be trotted out to stir up the masses and justify such inhumanity.’
    • ‘The old favourites are trotted out: better inter-agency working; more sharing of information; improved record-keeping; more sophisticated risk assessment.’
    • ‘Twenty-one years on and the same old collection of ideas are trotted out from the business lobby.’
    • ‘As in classical music, the same favourite pieces are trotted out, whilst new work and developments are for those in the know, who prefer it that way.’
    • ‘According to my wife, he got a real kick out of telling the tale of his father's plunge, as I was to find out during last year's holiday season, when he trotted it out with every visitor…’
    • ‘The same old clichés are trotted out, the same borrowed theories from Washington D.C. are peddled, and the same double-speak learnt from the metropolis is resorted to, even as the same policies are pursued relentlessly.’
    • ‘They've got a formula and they keep trotting it out year after year.’
    • ‘Instead, the debate quickly became an, ‘Our manifesto is much better than yours but I'm not telling you what's in it’ playground scrap and the tired old platitudes were trotted out.’
    • ‘The President trotted the argument out yesterday and you'll be hearing it a lot more.’
    • ‘Whenever the tax on alcohol or tobacco is raised, the old excuse is trotted out that it's to cover health costs and discourage people from harmful behaviour.’
    • ‘And even now, just occasionally, someone from the Old School will still trot them out.’
    • ‘It isn't just intellectually shoddy for him to trot this stuff out now as if these debates had never taken place - it's downright embarrassing.’
    • ‘But the arguments will be trotted out again this week with the publication of the US Federal Reserve's Beige Book - the definitive guide to the overall health of the US economy.’
    recite, repeat, reiterate, restate, regurgitate, churn out
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