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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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When collecting seed it is important to be aware of two types - those that naturally in-breed true to type, and out-breeders which are especially prone to cross-pollination, with cultivars possibly growing in a neighbour's garden.
True to type, Flower has given nothing away about who may get the nod to bowl behind James Anderson and Steve Finn - who came in at Lord's in place of the rested Stuart Broad, quickly usurped Bresnan as man in possession of the new ball and ended up with nine wickets in the match.
When you take a cutting, check that it is healthy, free of pests and diseases and is true to type.
True to type, Smith --leading a team second only to World Cup holders Australia in the unofficial one-day international standings --yesterday played down their match-winning credentials as he assessed the chances of prevailing at HQ.
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.
The judges will award first, second and third prizes to those stands with the top-placed society receiving a presentation gavel from LAA for the best pen of sheep that is both true to type and provides the best commercial representation of its breed.
However, true to type, Johnson waved away the concerns and played on, despite Gregory Vignal being stripped and ready to come on.
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.
We had thought that remark meant that he would prefer more of a challenge - you shouldn't always play true to type, after all - but apparently not.
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.
Seed library curator Louise Daugherty said: "We showed people how to save their own seeds from their vegetable crops so they can keep the variety true to type, making sure the next time they grow the vegetable it is exactly the same.
pounds 5SCHOOLS Minister Stephen Byers was only being true to type with his mistake over the sum of 8 multiplied by 7 and making it equal 54.
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.