revert to type

revert to type

To return to usual behavior or form after a temporary change, typically an improvement. Jenny has been very gracious since she joined our department, but I'm afraid she may revert to type once the newness wears off. The administration had made strides in transparency, but with how evasive it's been on this latest issue, it looks like it is reverting to type.
See also: revert, type

revert to ˈtype

(formal) return to the way you would expect somebody to behave when you remember their family, sex, work, history, etc: The team had two very unexpected wins, but have now reverted to type and lost the last two games.
See also: revert, type
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Ex-Barcelona star Xavi, who saw first-hand Mourinho's dark arts when he was in charge of rivals Real Madrid (poking Barca's then assistant boss Tito Vilanova in the eye, right), fears the Special One will revert to type with his back against the wall.
Any dog can revert to type and behave in a way that's natural to them but potentially fatal to us.
There is usually a purge for three to four weeks and then people revert to type.
He told magistrates at the Huddersfield court that when Harrington was released from custody he would revert to type and commit offences again.
Despite the newly extended 45-minute format, Holyrood needed only 10 minutes to revert to type.
If they revert to type and turn in another poor performance it wouldn't be a surprise either.
When he's home he tends to revert to type and likes to spend his time drinking lots of beer and watching football.
In the following weeks there are several opportunities for you to revert to type and sit at home or go down the pub to watch the Boro on TV, but if you really feel like being a true supporter, get yourself to the Riverside
And then, sadly, we seem to revert to type - going back to ignoring each other.
WEST BROM ended a sorry start to the season by winning at Tottenham on Sunday but they could well revert to type at home to Hull in the Capital One Cup this evening, writes Steve Davies.
The next few days will presumably see the world's wettest tennis tournament revert to type and the quaint local pastimes of shower-dodging, courtcover surfing and wellywanging being reprised.
Or is it a slick PR job on a candidate who will revert to type once he has his feet under the desk in the Oval Office?
Will the sports editors of all the British media revert to type after these Olympics are over or will they try keep up their readers' interest in all the "minority" and women's sports?
Where a many normal looking bands of young men will revert to type and pretend they're the Arctic Monkeys, Fennel Seeds seem more than happy in producing something a little more heartfelt.
The Revert to Type exhibition, at Newcastle's Opus Gallery, is based on the role of lettering and handwriting in popular culture.