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true to form

In the expected manner or way. Susie's attendance has always been pretty erratic and, true to form, she didn't come to today's meeting.
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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

being or behaving as expected.
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true to ˈform

in the usual or typical way or as you expect: True to form, he arrived early.The meeting went true to form, with a lot of boring speeches.
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Swedes set their own seed true to type if before the flowers open the flowering head is enclosed in paper to avoid cross-pollination.
Later generations than the F2 can be grown as well, but they are usually sold only as mixtures because the genetic structure is by then so scrambled that few of the resulting plants grow true to type.
There exists no standardized broiler chicken genetic package that can be reproduced true to type, available to the homesteader.
According to horticulturist Alan Toogood in the American Horticultural Society's book Plant Propagation, many named ornamental varieties are grown from cuttings because they rarely come in true to type if grown from seed.
Five nurseries in public sector and 53 in private sector have been established to provide true to type plants for future needs.
True to type, the boys' category is packed with battling and cars, with plenty of TV and film-inspired toys, including a Ben 10 Action Cruiser (pounds 29.
The flowers are followed by strange five-ribbed seed heads, rather like small star anise that stay on the plant for the rest of the summer - you can harvest seed from these but they will not come true to type.
When you take a cutting from any plant, first check that it is healthy, free of pests and diseases and is true to type.
In any case, Graydon, whose length of contract at Bescot remains something of a mystery, last night stayed true to type by refusing to get carried away with all the unexpected attention.
Finally, that open-pollinated varieties can come back true to type does not guarantee that they always will.
TRUE to type, Nuns bounced back from the previous week's disappointment at Morley with a comprehensive victory to avenge their narrow defeat at Whitchurch in November and consolidate fifth place in National Three North.
Seed is not to be recommended as they do not come true to type.
To avoid this loss, either save your own seed, or pay more for premium seed produced by small, organic producers whose seeds cost more because they properly select for uniformity and rogue out any plants that aren't true to type.
Yes, it is good fun growing apples from pips, but because apples do not come true to type from seed they have, over many centuries, been propagated by grafting to preserve the selected varieties.