be par for the course

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be par for the course

To be normal or typical (especially when it is a source of annoyance or frustration). This phrase comes from golf, in which "par" is the number of strokes that it should take a player to get the ball into a particular hole on a golf course, or the total number of strokes one should take in a round or game. Of course we're not getting raises again this year—that's just par for the course.
See also: course, par