been/gone down this/that road before

idiom

used to say that someone has done the same kind of thing before or had the same experience before
They had been down that road before and knew the kinds of problems it involved.

Examples of been/gone down this/that road before in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She's been down this road before with her mother, who often left at a moment's notice to care for other people in the middle of the night. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 25 Apr. 2022 Godfrey Reggio, creator of the Qatsi trilogy, has been down this road before. Peter Debruge, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 The 76ers have been down this road before when former No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons demanded a trade after his relationship soured with former coach Doc Rivers and others in the organization. Dan Gelston, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2023 But Democrats have been down this road before in North Carolina, only to experience disappointment. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 13 Oct. 2022 The UConn program has been down this road before but through very different climates. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 Gesicki’s been down that road before, forced to silence the critics because his NFL career got off to a slow start. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 26 May 2021

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“Been/gone down this/that road before.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/been%2Fgone%20down%20this%2Fthat%20road%20before. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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