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rinse, repeat
(also lather, rinse, repeat or wash, rinse, repeat)

Definition of rinse, repeat in English:

informal Used to indicate the continual repetition of an action or sequence of events, typically in a way regarded as tiresomely predictable: If the sun doesn’t come out soon, I’m going to kill myself. Rain, clouds, grey, cold. Rinse, repeat Most scary movies have the build up, the scary moment, then they let you relax for a while. Lather, rinse, repeat
[With reference to typical instructions on bottles of shampoo]
More example sentences
  • I get up and come to work and go home and do a few little things around the house and go to bed - lather, rinse, repeat - but I'm not doing anything much outside of that daily routine.
  • Agencies cut the ratings, which prompts bond investors to demand higher yields, which makes it even less likely that the nations will be able to meet payment obligations, which leads to further downgrades and so forth. Wash, rinse, repeat.
  • Beat up a bunch of not-too-bright enemies, navigate a level, throw in some physical obstacles, lather, rinse, repeat.
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