broken record


Definition of broken record

: 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 2001I 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 2001It'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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First Known Use of broken record

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Broken record.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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