(also lather, rinse, repeat or wash, rinse, repeat)
See parent entry: rinse
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
- 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.
- Lather, rinse and repeat is the name of the game for these fellas.
- If the right sort of program was started on one computer, it could phone other computers, each of which would copy the program and run it. Lather, rinse and repeat.
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