harp on

phrasal verb

harped on; harping on; harps on
US, informal
: to talk about (a subject) constantly or repeatedly in an annoying way
She's always harping on the importance of a good diet.
He seems to enjoy harping on my shortcomings.

Examples of harp on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or what made Charlie sway her when Maria had been harping on what a threat Ben was the whole episode? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 27 Mar. 2024 Immigration is the No. 1 concern of voters because the media harps on the issue so much. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 24 Apr. 2024 Athletes harped on their need for consistency in their workouts, diets and sleep in the run-up to the Games. Emma Bowman, NPR, 17 Apr. 2024 Trump responded with several posts deriding Graham on Truth Social, saying the senator was harming the Republican Party by continuing to harp on the issue. Faith E. Pinho, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Players and coaches have harped on the topic, but issues continue to crop up. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 16 Mar. 2024 Sewell, who earned his first All-Pro nod of his career during his third season, harped on communication along the offensive line as one of the biggest keys to dealing with Tampa Bay’s pressure. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 17 Jan. 2024 Moore’s Republican predecessor, Larry Hogan, also harped on that mismatch during his two terms, blaming Democratic state lawmakers for passing laws that called for unsustainable future spending but making year-by-year solutions. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2023 The memes range from harping on Musk’s outspoken anti-union rhetoric amid the historic Detroit auto workers’ strike to more, well, crude content. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2023

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“Harp on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harp%20on. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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