Synonyms of 'rut'
1 habitDictionary, routine, dead end
I don't like being in a rut.
2 grooveDictionary, score, track
deep ruts left by the truck's heavy wheels
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A furrow is a deep, fairly wide line in the surface of something.
Bike trails crisscrossed the grassy furrows.
A gouge is a tool which is used for cutting and shaping wood.
iron-rimmed wheels digging great gouges into the road's surface
Thesaurus for rut from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you say that someone is in a rut , you disapprove of the fact that they have become fixed in their way of thinking and doing things, and find it difficult to change . You can also say that someone's life or career is in a rut .