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The meaning of "old chestnut"

" Old chestnut "
Meaning:
A story that has been told repeatedly and which has lost any originality.
Example:
Grandma brings out that story about her meeting the Queen every Christmas. It really is a hoary old chestnut.
Where did it originate?:
Britain - 19th century.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, but most common in the UK.
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