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The meaning and origin of the expression: Harp on

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Harp on

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Harp on'?

To repeatedly and boringly speak about a topic.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Harp on'?

This term is known from the 16th century. A quotation from a 1562 work is included in Apol. Private Masse, 1850:

"The great matter you harp on."

Shakespeare also used it later in Hamlet, 1602:

"Still harping on, my daughter?"

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