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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.
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revert to someone or something

1. to return to some type of person or a former state. After he was out of prison, he reverted to a life of crime. She quickly reverted to her childhood dialect after a few weeks at home.
2. to become the property of someone, a group, or an institution. At the end of ten years, this house and the land it sits on reverts to the youngest living child. Then the property reverts to the state.
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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.
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revert to

1. To return to some former condition, practice, subject, or belief: When the computerized accounting system failed, we reverted to using paper spreadsheets.
2. To return to some former owner or the heirs of the former owner. Used of money or property: At the end of 100 years, all privately held land in the park will revert to the government.
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servient fee and not a possibility of reverter, then there would be no
railroad's rights--from a defeasible fee with a reverter to an
grant was a limited fee with an implied condition of reverter and not a
And by creating a reverter in the government, the Court
true with the defeasible fee interest; the reverter interest retained by
government's reverter or servient fee interest passed, unmentioned,
differences between servient fee and reverter rights.
an awful lot like a reverter, but under standard terminology it is not a
made on an implied condition of reverter in the event that the company
easement is taken out) and a reverter interest (what is left after a
the railroad would result in a possibility of reverter remaining in the
Alternatively, as Sterk notes, possibilities of reverter and
Duas características centrais de sua prática simbólica [dos estudos sociológicos e políticos] interessam aqui: seu projeto de modernizar o folclore convertendo-o em fundamento da ordem e, ao mesmo tempo, reverter a tendência de fazer do povo um mero espectador.