broken record

noun

Definition of broken record

  1. :  a damaged record that repeats part of a recording over and over again —used figuratively in describing something (such as a statement or experience) that is frequently or tediously repeated The Devil Rays' season of broken dreams has become a broken record. Loss after loss after loss after loss … — Joey Johnston, Tampa (Florida) Tribune, 26 May 2001 I know I sound like a broken record but I'll say it again: I believe that it is virtually impossible to predict mortgage rates over the short term. — Henry Savage, Washington Times, 8 June 2001 It's beginning to sound like a broken record. The Blackhawks' power play needs to become a factor in this Stanley Cup Final series starting with Game 4 on Wednesday … — Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily Herald, 19 June 2013

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1936

First Known Use of broken record

1936


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