par for the course

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par for the course

Normal, typical, or to be expected (especially when something is a source of annoyance or frustration). An allusion to golf, in which "par" is the number of strokes that it should take a player to get the ball into a particular hole on a golf course. Of course we're not getting raises again this year—that's just par for the course at this point. Our son has been having awful tantrums lately, but he's two years old, so that's par for the course.
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par for the course

typical; about what one could expect. (This refers to golf courses, not school courses.) So he went off and left you? Well that's about par for the course. He's no friend. I worked for days on this proposal, but it was rejected. That's par for the course around here.
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par for the course

An average or normal amount; just what one might expect. For example, I missed three questions, but that's par for the course. This term comes from golf, where it refers to the number of strokes needed by an expert golfer to finish the entire course. Its figurative use for other kinds of expectation dates from the second half of the 1900s.
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par for the course

COMMON If something that happens is par for the course, it is not good but it is what you expect. Note: In golf, `par' is the number of strokes a good golfer is expected to take for a particular hole or for the whole course. There's leaves and branches all over the streets, and the power is out. But that's all par for the course in a hurricane. Long hours are par for the course in his job.
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par for the course

what is normal or expected in any given circumstances.
In golf, par is the number of strokes that a first-class player would normally require to get round a particular course.
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par for the course

Usual; typical: Unfortunately, such short-sightedness is par for the course these days.
See also: course, par