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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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Unfortunately, that is not the done thing in Pakistan and such traditions are non-existent, nay frowned upon.
It's not the done thing, but on the final day in Paris it is the done thing.
It's not the done thing in tournament build-ups to view England as rank outsiders.
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.
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.
Yet that's not the done thing with golfers, most of whom have an uncanny ability to remain sanguine despite a worryingly consistent failure to drive a small white ball into gale-force winds and subsequently miss easy putts.
It's not the done thing when you should be watching a lavish period drama together, washing up or taking the dog out.
Jarvis, though, was not high-profile, springing from an era in which it was not the done thing, and he retained that sensibility to the end.
A father kissing a son was not the done thing at that time, so this emphasises how overjoyed the father was.
Not the done thing as a sweaty, pasty-skinned adult surrounded by other vitamin-e starved office workers.
Not switching on the lights last Saturday was a bit like cancelling the Olympics' 100m race when the runners are under starters orders - not the done thing.
but, make no mistake, having a child in your teens is not the done thing in Holland and our children know it".