have the courtesy to (do something)

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have the courtesy to (do something)

To be kind or polite enough to do something. I was late, but luckily, Sean had the courtesy to save me a seat.
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have the courtesy to do something

know when you should do something in order to be polite: You think he’d at least have the courtesy to call to say he’d be late.
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Davies, however, found it difficult to conceal his anger at the cavalier attitude of the woman doctor who did not even have the courtesy to communicate the news of the new handicap directly to his wife.
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