tend to do

tend to do something

to have a tendency to do something. Jill tends to play with her hair while she works. Sam tends to say things like that when he is upset.
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Girls tend to do more of the slender, delicate cutting across the wrist areas, or they'll cut on the back of their legs, while boys tend to bruise their arms or legs or will burn their arms with cigarettes," says Ponton.
As Showalter argued, refugees from academia tend to do extremely well in a variety of professions.
It might also allow schools to fill sudden needs without hiring adjuncts--the slave labor of the academic world--as they currently tend to do.
But on the palette of the world, it's all about human nature; it's all about the things people tend to do when they have a chance to do them.
The one fast food chain that does not rely on heavy lunch traffic is Dunkin' Donuts, who tend to do 85 percent of their business before noon.
Coast live oaks, Koenig said, tend to do better when they get more rain, not necessarily just the year before, but two years before.
People and institutions tend to do tomorrow what they did yesterday," argues Spira.
Homeowners tend to do laundry while they are home and either watching TV or have it on for background noise.
Also, companies that don't have to resort to markdowns to sell merchandise also tend to do well.