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Idiom
go down the same road to ruin
repeat the same mistakes
 
 
Meaning
not learn from the mistakes of others
 
 
Usage
Unless they learn from the past, they are likely to go down the same road to ruin.
 
 
Usage
It is clever to study the past and avoid going down the same road to ruin.
 
 
Story
The expression 重蹈覆轍 literally means follow the track of the overturned cart. The idiom is based on a story about a group of eunuchs during the Eastern Han Dynasty. Emperor Huan (AD 166) was advised not to make the same mistakes as past emperors and allow the eunuchs to meddle in matters of State.
 
 
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