be not the done thing

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be not the done thing

Of a given behavior, to be unacceptable, inappropriate, or incorrect in a particular social situation. Primarily heard in UK. You should know better than to wear a skirt like that to a formal dinner; it is simply not the done thing! I'm so glad smoking indoors is not the done thing anymore!
See also: done, not, thing
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Despite that, Jill didn't hero- worship internationals like Jim Renwick and Colin Deans - it wasn't the done thing in Hawick.
He added: "I suppose it all dates back to the casual thing in the 1980's when it just wasn't the done thing.
I didn't realise it wasn't the done thing for first years to go there," he says.
It was a big step up and it wasn't the done thing, to bring in a player from the Senior League and then put him into the side," he explained.
Ten minutes later it arrived at the restaurant, to the disgust of the manager who patiently explained that it wasn't the done thing.
It just wasn't the done thing in those days to marry a woman older than you.
It wasn't the done thing to tell anyone," Geraint recalls, speaking honestly and frankly about those difficult years in an attempt to raise awareness and understanding of the condition.
During the '60s it wasn't the done thing for a woman to drive around on her own so my father drove me everywhere
Charles was there when William was born but he never changed a nappy - it just wasn't the done thing.