an old chestnut

a joke, story, or subject that has become uninteresting through constant repetition.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • Chestnut (joke) — Chestnut is a British slang term for an old joke, often as old chestnut. The term is also used for a piece of music in the repertoire that has grown stale or hackneyed with too much repetition. A plausible explanation for the term given by the… …   Wikipedia

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