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Meaning of “old chestnut” in the English Dictionary

"old chestnut" in British English

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old chestnut

informal a ​subject, ​idea, or ​joke that has been ​discussed or ​repeated so often that it is not ​funny any more: I ​wondered whether there might, after all, be some ​truth in the ​old chestnut that one's ​schooldays are the ​happiest of one's ​life.
(Definition of old chestnut from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “old chestnut”
in Chinese (Simplified) 老掉牙的话题(或想法、笑话)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 老掉牙的話題(或想法、笑話)…
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