It's no secret that the industry is stuck in a bit of a rut.
Some bison die during the violence of the rut in August; there is intense competition by bears for these rare summer carcasses.
This, in another form, is the edifying story of the Sacred Beetle whose pellet has rolled into a rut.
The horse stumbled in a rut, then swerved aside, and broke into a gallop.
He is in the English tradition without being in the English rut.
rut they were all accompanied with an ineffable dignity, and an angelic purity.
They urged him to get out of the rut and fit himself for executive positions with high salaries attached.
Once he thought Corinne hit a rut that could have been avoided.
So, boys, be up, and fish up the jemmi-john—I hope it hain't been thumped to bits in the rut.
You see, I came on the coach as far as Bayport and then we lost a wheel in a rut.
"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.
"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.