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

be par for the course

if the way something happens or is done is par for the course, it happens or is done as you would expect, especially when you do not think this is very good
Usage notes: In golf, par is the number of times you would expect to hit the ball in order to get it in the hole.
'Gareth was half an hour late.' 'That's just par for the course, isn't it?'
See also: course, par