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be not the done thing

Of a given behavior, to be unacceptable, inappropriate, or incorrect in a particular social situation. Primarily heard in UK. You should know better than to wear a skirt like that to a formal dinner; it is simply not the done thing! I'm so glad smoking indoors is not the done thing anymore!
See also: done, not, thing
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Naff little figures on top of the cake are not the done thing.
He revealed: "It would have been nice if someone had said something to us at the time but it was not the done thing.
Costa, a chief wind-up merchant, flirts so close to the edge that it's inevitable he will step over the line of what is acceptable on occasion Stamping on Can and Skrtel is simply not the done thing from any professional.
Tan has previously cited wages as being part of transfer deals which is not the done thing in football, where initial attention is paid to fees so that may be something he has kept in mind since.
Playing international rugby in PE is like trying a rugby Test at Millwall - not the done thing.
CRITICISING the Gurkhas is a bit like swearing in front of the vicar - it's definitely not the done thing, especially as they have Joanna Lumley fighting their corner.
Subsiding businesses is not the done thing in the United Kingdom any more.
There are various conventions - it is considered not the done thing to shoot your neighbour's birds, his dog or indeed the neighbour himself although these things happen.
Propping up the bar is certainly not the done thing as almost two thirds of people (74 per cent) said that they prefer to go somewhere they can get a comfy seat instead of fighting the crowds in packed out joints.
I KNOW it's not the done thing to say anything against Saint Henrik but needs must sometimes.
It's just not the done thing to give up playing for your country on a whim.
and w f That's not the done thing for a jockey riding at eight stone.
This tactic of their director of football, former Brazil star Leonardo, of publicly suggesting a potential move for another club's player is not the done thing, but then being obnoxious is something the uber-rich have always been good at, along with spending money.