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as per usual

As typically happens; as is usually the case. As per usual, my boyfriend didn't call me like he said he would. I'll be eating lunch outside on the picnic table, as per usual.
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as usual

As is typical; as often happens. Sam is ignoring me, as usual. I wonder if he'll ever forgive me. The writers' group is meeting at the coffee shop on Saturday morning, as usual.
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business as usual

The typical proceedings. The phrase is sometimes but not always used to indicate that things have returned to normal after something unforeseen or unpleasant has happened. Once these auditors are out of our hair, we can get back to business as usual. A: "How are things at the office?" B: "Business as usual. Nothing exciting has happened lately."
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the usual suspects

The people one would expect to be involved in something. I expect misbehavior from the usual suspects, but even my quiet kids were acting up in class today. Let's have a game night! Call the usual suspects and I'll order pizza.
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the usual run (of something)

The standard, average, or typical type of something. The unorthodox politician is seen by many as a rebuke to the usual run of bureaucrats, who spend more time debating and arguing than actually accomplishing anything meaningful. While the usual run of stuff you find in a flea market is junk, every now and then you come across something really valuable.
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as usual

as is the normal or typical situation. John ordered eggs for breakfast, as usual. He stood quietly as usual, waiting for the bus to come.
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business as usual

having things go along as usual. Even right after the flood, it was business as usual in all the stores. Please, everyone, business as usual. Let's get back to work.
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as usual

In the normal, habitual, or accustomed way, as in As usual, he forgot to put away the milk. This idiom was first recorded in 1716. Also see business as usual.
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business as usual

The normal course of some activity, as in The fire destroyed only a small section of the store, so it's business as usual. This term originated as an announcement that a commercial establishment was continuing to operate in spite of fire, construction, or some similar interruption. It had been extended to broader use by 1914, when Winston Churchill said in a speech: "The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual,'" which became a slogan for the rest of World War I. Today it may be used in this positive sense and also pejoratively, as in Never mind that most civilians are starving to death-the ministry regards its job to be business as usual . [Late 1800s]
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business as usual

You say business as usual to mean that everything is continuing in the normal way, even though something unpleasant or unexpected has happened. Asked if the President was trying to suggest it was business as usual, Mr Fitzwater replied: It is business as usual; this isn't the kind of crisis that requires us to drop everything else. If these guys are convicted, it could be the beginning of a real change. If they're not, it's business as usual.
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it’s business as ˈusual

things continue normally, despite difficulties or disturbances: It was business as usual at the theatre yesterday, in spite of all the building work going on.
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as per ˈusual/ˈnormal

(spoken) in the usual or normal manner: ‘What time is the lesson?’ ‘Thursday at 3 o’clock, as per usual.’‘Is he in a bad mood this morning?’ ‘Yes, as per normal.’
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as ˈusual

in the same way as what happens most of the time or in most cases: Steve, as usual, was the last to arrive.As usual at that hour, the place was deserted.Despite her problems, she carried on working as usual.
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as usual

As commonly or habitually happens: As usual, I slept late that Saturday morning.
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References in classic literature ?
perhaps a little sorry for the girl and as usual without a penny in his pocket, appreciating the comfortable quarters, wishing to linger on as long as possible in the shameless enjoyment of this already doomed luxury.
Fyne later in the day, as well as what little Fyne imparted to me with his usual solemnity during that morning call.
This brought an atmosphere of constraint through the house, which Flora de Barral coming down somewhat later than usual could not help noticing in her own way.
This was the water-colour morning; and the teacher, a veteran of many exhibitions, of a venerable and jovial aspect, had turned up with his usual punctuality.
He spoke straight to the point but in the usual respectful manner.
The rest of our descent was easily accomplished, and in half an hour after regaining the ravine we had partaken of our evening morsel, built our hut as usual, and crawled under its shelter.
You're feeling less stressed than usual, perhaps recovering from a period of higher stress.
By the year 2020, the "Moderate" scenario sees emissions reduced by 9 percent to 10 percent, compared with "Business As Usual," and the country's energy bill is 14 percent lower.
As usual, a lot of the convention-goers recognize me.
Multiple cases among workers of a different age or gender group than is usual might constitute an occupational cluster.
While we expect that the industry may experience some minor or localized problems during the rollover, the Federal Reserve fully expects to conduct business as usual through the Year 2000.
Even where health care services are readily available, individuals may not have a usual source of health care due to financial or insurance restrictions, a lack of availability of providers at night or on weekends, or other difficulties.
There were the usual quibbles about "authenticity," but when you've got two literary hunks like these steaming up the screen, I say accents, schmaccents
So when you read in the Harper's "Index" that one in five Americans believe they've been abducted by aliens, and about the same number believe the government is run by a conspiracy of some kind or other (the list of usual suspects here will include the Masons.
About 22 percent of the people in the antismoking programs successfully quit their habit, compared to 6 percent of people in the usual care group.