the usual suspects

noun

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: the usual people or things that are suspected or thought of in a particular situation often used humorouslyThe breakfast menu had all the usual suspects—eggs, pancakes, waffles, and French toast.

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“The usual suspects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20usual%20suspects. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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