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harp

harp

 (härp)
n.
1. Music
a. An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar, a curved neck, and a hollow back containing the sounding board, with usually 46 or 47 strings of graded lengths that are played by plucking with the fingers.
b. Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar or U-shaped design.
c. Informal A harmonica.
2. Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
intr.v. harped, harp·ing, harps
To play a harp.
Phrasal Verb:
harp on
To talk or write about to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on.

[Middle English, from Old English hearpe and from Old French harpe, of Germanic origin.]

harp′er n.
harp′ist n.
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harp on

verb go on, reiterate, dwell on, labour, press, repeat, rub in She concentrated on the good parts instead of harping on about the bad.
Translations
يُكَرِّر على نَحْو مُمِل
folyton ugyanazon lovagol

w>harp on

vi (inf) to harp on somethingauf etw (dat)herumreiten; he’s always harping on about the need for …er spricht ständig von der Notwendigkeit +gen; she’s always harping on about her problemssie lamentiert ständig über ihre Probleme, sie jammert einem dauernd die Ohren voll mit ihren Problemen (inf); she is always harping on the same themees ist immer die alte Leier or das alte Lied bei ihr

harp

(haːp) noun
a usually large musical instrument which is held upright, and which has many strings which are plucked with the fingers.
ˈharpist noun
harp on (about)
to keep on talking about. He's forever harping on (about his low wages); She keeps harping on his faults.
References in classic literature ?
The streak of daylight being now excluded from the room, Miss Dunross threw back her veil, and took the harp on her knee; seating herself, I observed, with her face turned away from the fire.
Faster and faster the notes rang out, and faster and faster in the ruddy firelight, the cats, like living shadows, whirled round the still black figure in the chair, with the ancient harp on its knee.
He sat, as usual, by himself, with his harp on his knee and a great longing in his heart.