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a matter of course

An action or result that is expected or logical. Handshakes are usually a matter of course after an initial meeting between two people.
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Something that is expected, as in It was a matter of course that police officers received special training. It is also put as as a matter of course, meaning "as part of a standard procedure," as in The employer checked John's references as a matter of course. First recorded only in 1809, this idiom uses course in the sense of "the natural or logical order of events."
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"All these players are robbed as a matter of course by this club," Lotito said.
In contrast, users on Mixi and user bulletin board 2Channel use pseudonyms as a matter of course.
RESTAURANTS and cafes should serve tap water to customers as a matter of course, a consumer group has said.
Any nation with the least self-respect would have ensured this as a matter of course.
OVERTHROW: AMERICA'S CENTURY OF REGIME CHANGE FROM HAWAII TO IRAQ is a 'must' for any concerned about American influences overseas and at home: while the common idea is that America has a tradition of encouraging cooperative democracy, in fact Stephen Kinzer, NY Times foreign correspondent, argues the opposite: the tradition has been anything but benign, sponsoring 'regime change' operations to overthrow foreign governments as a matter of course, not a matter of exception.
Within a decade, the old Negro Leagues had dried up as African-American players began making their mark in the established major leagues as a matter of course. Soon players like Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, and Willie Mays became the elite players in the game.
We had done it as a matter of course when my father-in-law died, but because he was elderly and his death was a release (he had told us he wanted it to be celebrated with a brass band leading his funeral procession), we almost had to remind ourselves that we weren't celebrating as each festival rolled around that year.
The culprit could be heterosexual relationships that typically require women to act passively--so their desires, as a matter of course, go underground Even today, straight gals get a "bad reputation" if they admit to wanting sex, let alone sex with a woman or two.
One said: 'The council would have passed on the registration number to Strathclyde Police as a matter of course. They would then have put it on to the PNC.
Some of these are habitual, reflexive Republicans who, as a matter of course, vote parry line.
THOM ANDERSEN'S film essay Los Angeles Plays Itself--which opens in New York, at Film Forum, in July--would seem to confirm a view that many of us who've lived all or part of our lives in Los Angeles have held as a matter of course: to wit, that LA's a great place to live if you have nothing to do with "the Industry," in which thirty-nine out of forty Angelenos are neither employed nor especially interested.
How much damage could already have been prevented if sprinklers were fitted as a matter of course?
Certainly, in the twentieth century, our Popes denounced wars as a matter of course. Pope Pius XII begged for peace during the Second War, Pope Benedict during the First.
In its recommendations regarding transparency, the task force is correct to insist that performance data on schools and school systems should be publicly available as a matter of course to whoever wants them, via web sites or other communication vehicles.