as a matter of course


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as a matter of course

Automatically or as part of a routine or policy. As a matter of course, you must complete your final project in order to receive a passing grade in this class. I lock my car doors as a matter of course whenever I get out of my car—I hardly even notice that I do it anymore.
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as a matter of course

normally; as a normal procedure. The nurse takes your temperature as a matter of course. You are expected to make your own bed as a matter of course.
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as a matter of ˈcourse

as a regular habit, or as a normal way of behaving: Before making any important decision, I discuss it with my wife as a matter of course.As a matter of course, you should go to the dentist at least once a year.
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As a matter of course, I was left alone with Betts Shoreham.
But for this, while I should chide him I cannot do so, for of all the ways David has of making me to love him the most poignant is that he expects it of me as a matter of course.
We leaped ten or fifteen-foot gaps as a matter of course.
The security (covering the amount borrowed) was accepted as a matter of course.
I had read sea-romances in my time, wherein figured, as a matter of course, the lone woman in the midst of a shipload of men; but I learned, now, that I had never comprehended the deeper significance of such a situation--the thing the writers harped upon and exploited so thoroughly.
Quite as a matter of course, Pollyanna came straight to her aunt's side and gave her an affectionate hug.
I had long since learnt to understand, composedly and as a matter of course, that my situation in life was considered a guarantee against any of my female pupils feeling more than the most ordinary interest in me, and that I was admitted among beautiful and captivating women much as a harmless domestic animal is admitted among them.
She took Jos's arm, as a matter of course, on going to dinner; she had sate by him on the box of his open carriage (a most tremendous "buck" he was, as he sat there, serene, in state, driving his greys), and though nobody said a word on the subject of the marriage, everybody seemed to understand it.
One was a taller and stouter man than the other, and appeared as a matter of course, according to the mysterious ways of the world both convict and free, to have had allotted to him the smaller suit of clothes.
I had jumped as a matter of course into the flannels which one naturally wears in the tropics.
She lived twenty-nine years after his death, such active years until toward the end, that you never knew where she was unless you took hold of her, and though she was frail henceforth and ever growing frailer, her housekeeping again became famous, so that brides called as a matter of course to watch her ca'ming and sanding and stitching: there are old people still, one or two, to tell with wonder in their eyes how she could bake twenty-four bannocks in the hour, and not a chip in one of them.
It was so like the Marchioness to claim, as a matter of course, the best of everything that was going.
At Selkirk, the old team of dogs, fresh and in condition, were harnessed, and the same day saw Daylight plodding on, alternating places at the gee-pole, as a matter of course, with the Le Barge Indian who had volunteered on the way out.
That their appearance was coincidental with the arrival of the Arangi was an association that occurred as a matter of course in Jerry's brain.
The gratitude was addressed to Emily as a matter of course.