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be not the done thing

Of a given behavior, to be unacceptable, inappropriate, or incorrect in a particular social situation. Primarily heard in UK. 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!
See also: done, not, thing
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Do you celebrate the fact that your council is attracting members of the younger generation, or make loud comments that wearing a hat indoors is not the done thing? Your attitude may well be governed by how old you are and how your parents brought you up.
Describing Daniel and his wife Majella as the "most ordinary people" you could meet, Dermot added: "Donegal is a county as well where they are not that showy, it's not the done thing to be showy.
I know it's not the done thing to assign a gender to anyone or anything these days, but Bertie was neither a girl nor a boy, but a car, and I saw Bertie as a non-binary motor.
class="MsoNormalChallenging the authority of an adult in the home is just not the done thing, however good an argument one may have.
Unfortunately, that is not the done thing in Pakistan and such traditions are non-existent, nay frowned upon.
Probably not the done thing. But it was a fair result, so I drew a deep breath and tried to explain.
"It's not the done thing, but on the final day in Paris it is the done thing.
I know I'm in it, and it's not the done thing to pick things you're in, but it was a heart-warming story, about a real person (Neil Baldwin).
Naff little figures on top of the cake are not the done thing.
Costa, a chief wind-up merchant, flirts so close to the edge that it's inevitable he will step over the line of what is acceptable on occasion Stamping on Can and Skrtel is simply not the done thing from any professional.
That is just not the done thing. Wounding in a relationship should be taken in your stride.
I don't want a King who will bite his lip and keep mum because it's simply not the done thing.
Starting out we really weren't so sure how we would go down - it's not the done thing to play the bars of Newcastle without a singer.
It's not the done thing when you should be watching a lavish period drama together, washing up or taking the dog out.
Playing international rugby in PE is like trying a rugby Test at Millwall - not the done thing. But the people of the unfashionable Eastern Cape rose to the occasion and so did captain John Smit - who came on as a late sub for a clearly miffed but beautifully-named Bismarck Du Plessis - and the rest of his charges in an 18-5 triumph.