Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to custom: Custom duty, Custom stickers

old Spanish customs

Unorthodox, unregulated, or unauthorized practices that are nevertheless widely accepted and long-standing. Because this department existed long before all the new regulations came into effect, there are quite a few old Spanish customs held onto by the more tenured staff that, while not in the service of efficiency, aren't likely to disappear anytime soon.
See also: custom, old, Spanish

so many countries, so many customs

There are around 200 countries in the world, and each of them has a unique set of social rules about what constitutes appropriate behavior. Just be aware that what you've been taught to consider rude might not be the same elsewhere. In China, for example, it's considered very rude to stick your chopstick upright into a bowl of rice, but spitting in public is considered perfectly acceptable. So many countries, so many customs.
See also: custom, many

so many countries, so many customs.

Prov. People in different countries have different ways of behaving. In the last place I visited, it was considered rude to put your hands on the table at dinner, but here, it's rude to keep them under the table. so many countries, so many customs.
See also: custom, many

old Spanish customs (or Spanish practices)

long-standing though unauthorized or irregular work practices.
This expression has been in use in printing circles since the 1960s; it is often used humorously to refer to practices in the British newspaper printing houses in Fleet Street, London, formerly notorious for their inefficiency. The reason for describing such practices as ‘Spanish’ is not known.
1998 Spectator [Outsourcing] can do much for flexibility and more for costs and it is a proven cure for quaint old Spanish customs.
See also: custom, old, Spanish
References in periodicals archive ?
Custom Turned Edge Binders, Custom Paperboard Binders, Custom Organic Binders, Custom Vinyl Binders.
Custom color matching and additive concentrates available.
Recalling a custom view is a few mouse clicks away.
The most outstanding advantages of using a custom calendered sheet can be realized when that supplier can also offer you their products with extremely tight thickness tolerances.
Compared to conventional approaches, the SoCMosaic custom chip HW/SW co-development environment allows software development to begin as much as one year sooner.
While we do not oppose a regional structure for DHS, we are concerned that the regionalization of Customs could lead to inconsistencies in the application of customs laws, policies, and procedures.
Even with their level of business and including all other custom publishers, McMurry noted that only five percent of all U.
However, the increased import and export opportunities have exposed more companies to customs penalties.
A directory of North American custom rubber services begins on page 37.
offers color and additive concentrates in pellet, micropellet, powder and ground pellet form; highly loaded single-pigment concentrates; masterbatches for high-performance resins; special-effects masterbatches including iridescents, pearlescents and fluorescents; specialty white and black masterbatches; and a complete range of standard and specialty additive masterbatches including Hydrocerol chemical foaming agents, heavy metal-free standard concentrates and multipurpose concentrates as well as specialty and custom compounds.
Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports,CustomsandFree Zone Corporation (PCFC), has gone far to develop customs work around the world through contributing to customs performance development with tangible steps in supporting development plans in other countries to help them enhance their economic growth.
Abu Dhabi: Around 6,435 attempts to smuggle illegal substances into the UAE through the various customs ports in the emirate of Abu Dhabi were foiled during the first half of 2015.