par for the course


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par for the course

typical; about what one could expect. (This refers to golf courses, not school courses.) So he went off and left you? Well that's about par for the course. He's no friend. I worked for days on this proposal, but it was rejected. That's par for the course around here.
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par for the course

what should be expected because of past experience The school budget is going to be cut again this year, but then that's par for the course.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of par for the course ( the expected number of times a good player in golf will hit the ball to get it in all the holes)
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par for the course

An average or normal amount; just what one might expect. For example, I missed three questions, but that's par for the course. This term comes from golf, where it refers to the number of strokes needed by an expert golfer to finish the entire course. Its figurative use for other kinds of expectation dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: course, par

par for the course

Usual; typical: Unfortunately, such short-sightedness is par for the course these days.
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