Harp on – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To harp on about something is to talk repeatedly or continually about something in a way that other people find boring.

Examples of use:

1. I wish you would stop harping on about your promotion!

2. I hope your father doesn’t harp on about his collection of WW2 memorabilia this evening.

3. She made a mistake with the accounts at work, and her manager has been harping on about it for months.

4. I crashed the car into a lampost and my wife harped on about it for weeks.

According to some sources, this expression comes from “harp on a short string” which means to play the same note repeatedly.

harp on
present simple
harp on and harps on
-ing form
harping on
past simple
harped on
past participle
harped on

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