old story, an

A common occurrence or excuse. For example, Karen's mood swings are an old story. [c. 1700] Also see same old story.


Nearby words

  1. old squaw,
  2. old stager,
  3. old stamping ground,
  4. old stoa,
  5. old stone age,
  6. old style,
  7. old sweat,
  8. old swedish,
  9. old talk,
  10. old test.

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