to the manner born


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to the manner born

Accustomed from birth to a particular behavior or lifestyle, as in At a high-society function she behaves as though to the manner born, but we know she came from very humble circumstances . This term was invented by Shakespeare in Hamlet. Referring to the King's carousing in Danish style, Hamlet says (1:4): "Though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honor'd in the breach than the observance." The manner in this expression was later sometimes changed to manor, "the main house of an estate," and the idiom's sense became equated with "high-born" (and therefore accustomed to luxury), a way in which it is often used today.
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to the manner born

naturally at ease in a specified way of life, job, or situation.
This comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet: ‘though I am native here And to the manner born’. Punning on this expression, to the manor born is used to refer to someone who has aristocratic origins.
See also: born, manner

(as if) to the ˌmanner ˈborn

(formal) as if a job, a social position, etc. were completely natural to you: He rides round in a Rolls Royce as if to the manner born.
See also: born, manner

to the manner born

Accustomed to a position, custom, or lifestyle from or as if from birth.
See also: born, manner
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JIM Carrey has played split personalities so often - from The Mask to Liar Liar - you'd think he was a schizo to the manner born.
It is the harmonizing of ourselves to our surroundings, so that we will be as to the manner born, and not as strangers in a strange land, caring but slightly for it, and entitled to receive from it but meager favor.
His debut has not been a total success but he has fielded, bowled and batted as to the manner born.
Hamlet answers: "Ay, marry, is't; /But to my mind, though I am native here / And to the manner born, it is a custom more honour'd in the breach than the observance.
Actually, bewildered would be a better word for he was not to the manner born.
Here, Chase Johnsey ( sorry, Yakaterina Verbosovitch) as Odile in the Trocks' send-up of Swan Lake was a sensation, taking on the 38 fouettes as to the manner born , kicking Odette off the stage in the meantime.
As for the language, I can belt out Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau and Calon Ln and five or six Welsh hymns as to the manner born, and I've never been tempted to say things like "Thlanberis".
IN THESE career-obsessed days it is refreshing to learn of what life was like for those to the manner born.
Yes, that's right; the dear old Likely Lad himself, older now and quite grey, but up there strutting his stuff in among the arty farts, to the manner born.
BUXOM Geena Davis buckles a swash as if to the manner born but not even the sight of a sexy, six-foot female pirate can do too much for CUTTHROAT ISLAND, where non-stop action fails to compensate for the lack of a decent script.