in a rut

In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one. For example, We go to the seashore every summer—we're in a rut, or After ten years at the same job she says she's in a rut. This expression alludes to having a wheel stuck in a groove in the road. [Early 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. in a lather,
  2. in a manner of speaking,
  3. in a nutshell,
  4. in a pig's eye,
  5. in a pinch,
  6. in a sense,
  7. in a snit,
  8. in a state,
  9. in a stew,
  10. in a tight corner

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