true to form


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true to form

exactly as expected; following the usual pattern. (Often with running, as in the example.) As usual, John is late. At least he's running true to form. And true to form, Mary left before the meeting was adjourned.
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true to form

as can be expected True to form, he tried to get out of helping wash the dishes.
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true to form/type

if someone does something true to form, they behave in the bad way that you would expect them to True to form, she turned up an hour later than we'd arranged.
See show in true colours
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True To Form was having his first run for trainer Ron Harris, having been bought 11 days earlier out of a seller for 12,000gns.
NOT A PROBLEM J True To Form can overcome his 6lb penalty at Brighton
Mr Blair, true to form, now supports animal experiments whereas, pre-1997, he promised an inquiry into the validity of vivisection with cruel-free and safer testing alternatives available.
True to form, Benjamin Justice reflects those developments in my latest mystery, Rhapsody in Blood.
True to form, he added, "And I'd like to thank the spectators, especially those who didn't like The Show Must Go On, for seeing the piece, and respecting it.
Here then he holds true to his hard-core modernist roots both in space and material with a series of interior spaces that are directly defined by the external form, with little or no interstitial space; true to form, and true to materials.
Building upon his experience in helping found the European Chapter five years ago, Bill Ramirez helped organize the chapter and the programs, but true to form, many (new) TEI members pitched in to make the chapter's inaugural meetings (a multi-day training program on U.
True to form, she added: "In Texas, we recommend imagination and beer.
The natural products company Seeds of Change explains: "Open-pollinated seeds, unlike commercial hybrids and genetically modified seeds, will produce seed, which if properly controlled to avoid cross-pollination, will reproduce true to form.
True to form, Hempel gives this shopworn scene a brutal twist ("If I was pregnant, I did not know who to blame--my husband, whom I did not live with, or the man in the auditorium, whom I did not report"), and the story's conclusion is the literary equivalent of a swift blow to the solar plexus.
True to form, these recognizable shapes and sleek lines are fresh and comfortable.
Staying true to form, he says, "I'd like for MAST to remain a closely-held regional firm with no more than a few dozen people.
In this respect, several letters in the March edition are true to form.
True to form, he wears women's knee pads two sizes too small.