Again and Again

Meaning and Usage

“Again and again” is an idiom that means repeatedly or many times over. It is often used to describe a situation or behavior that occurs frequently or is done repeatedly.


  • “He kept making the same mistake again and again, even after being warned.”
  • “The movie was so good, I could watch it again and again without getting tired of it.”
  • “She tried again and again to pass the test, but couldn’t seem to get a passing score.”


The origin of this idiom is unclear, but it has been in use since at least the 16th century. The word “again” comes from the Old English word “on-gean,” which means “towards or against.” The word “again” has been used in English since the 13th century, and it has always carried the meaning of repetition.


  • repeatedly
  • over and over
  • time and again
  • constantly
  • continually
  • endlessly

The above synonyms can be used interchangeably with “again and again” to convey the same meaning.

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