the done thing

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the done thing

A given behavior that is acceptable, appropriate, or correct in a particular social situation. Often used in the negative to convey the opposite. Calling on a friend when they are sick is simply the done thing. 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!
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the done ˈthing

(British English) the socially correct way to behave: Smoking while somebody else is eating is not the done thing.It’s the done thing to dress for dinner in this hotel.
See also: done, thing
References in classic literature ?
Oh, I have done things on a large scale, and according to your directions.
Well," she said, smiling, for in her own heart she could not help studying this double love of the prisoner for herself and for the black tulip, "I have done things on a large scale; I have prepared a bed as you described it to me, on a clear spot, far from trees and walls, in a soil slightly mixed with sand, rather moist than dry without a fragment of stone or pebble.
A man who could have done things but who placed no value on the doing, and who, all the time, in his innermost heart, is regretting that he has not done them; who has secretly laughed at the rewards for doing, and yet, still more secretly, has yearned for the rewards and for the joy of doing.
He's the kind of man we want in Parliament--the man who has done things.
That's not the done thing for a jockey riding at eight stone.
and w f That's not the done thing for a jockey riding at eight stone.
He is doing things the right way, the club has always done things the right way.
The designers have done things like using identical pictures to illustrate different pages more likely, you think, they couldn't be bothered to get around to making each page fresh and interesting and .
Employers also want candidates who have done things, whether it's community work or work in the field they wish to enter, that make them more well-rounded individuals," Stunda said.
A FORMER police officer accused of murdering his ex-wife told a friend he had done things that "cannot be forgiven".