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    something becomes corny, long-winded

    Hi guys,

    im trying to find a verb (may be a phrasal verb) for an action that is repeated by someone too many times as it becomes corny. In my dictionary I found the pharsal verb "dish up", however in none of the internet english dictionaries the expression has such a meaning. Accordning to them "dish up" means basicaly "serve" only.

    Thus, how can i express the situation when someone goes over something so much, so many times and all time as it begins to bore and becoming long-winded.

    thanks for your help

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    Re: something becomes corny, long-winded

    to pall (on somebody) (not used in the progressive tenses)

    His behaviour began to pall on me.

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    Re: something becomes corny, long-winded

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    ... how can i express the situation when someone goes over something so much, so many times and all time as it begins to bore and becoming long-winded.

    thanks for your help
    They 'are beginning to sound like a broken record' or 'they get stuck in a groove'. These images make sense to people who remember the old 78 r.p.m. records. When they broke (which they often did) you could mend them by sticking stiff card to the side you preferred least, leaving a deep crack on the remaining side - which was at least playable. But someone had to stand by the gramophone to help the needle over the crack*.

    For people brought up with CDs and MP3 players, the idioms don't make much sense. But - as with a telephone being 'on the hook' - the words don't keep up with the technology.

    b

    PS * - which it hit at least 154 times per minute (more if the break wasn't clean). Every time it hit the crack, there was a risk of it getting 'stuck in a groove' - a bit like a railway train getting de-railed.
    Last edited by BobK; 15-May-2008 at 12:18. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: something becomes corny, long-winded

    Thank you, Bob.

    I was thinking of 'get on your soapbox', but that doesn't really fit in the given context.

    I really like to read your small stories and anecdotes.

    Oh yes, I remember the wonderful sound of record players (and the day when I sat down on one, and the facial expression of my parents afterwards )

    Thanks for expanding my vocabulary.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 15-May-2008 at 13:42.

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    Re: something becomes corny, long-winded

    Hi Jirikoo,

    I am neither a teacher nor a native speaker. I think a term-ad nauseam is close to your requirement but it is an adverb.

    The definition I quote below is from online Cambridge Dictionary. Hope this helps.

    ad nauseam
    adverb
    If someone discusses something ad nauseam, they talk about it so much that it becomes very boring:

    He talks ad nauseam about how clever his children are.

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