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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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He said:"As a revert to Islam, people may have to cope with negative reactions because of the way the media often portrays Muslims as terrorists.
53% and reverts to the Bank of England base rate plus 1.
Higher oil prices, low international interest rates and strong external demand have helped improve economic performance, and we expect these conditions to revert toward normal levels.
The proposed standard, which would be effective for financial statement periods beginning after June 15, 1994, requires escheat property to be reported either in an expendable trust fund or in the fund to which the property ultimately will revert.
It then reverts to lender's standard variable rate for rest of the term, currently 7.
Since we've had him he's learned English, but when he loses it a bit or gets excited he does revert to his original language.
In the event that the bond is not posted, BacTech's 55% interest in TSLLC will revert to U.
So, what this means, of course, is that if you gained, say 50%, last year, you might gain 0% this year and 0% next year as your portfolio reverts to the mean average very long-term annual return around 11%.
The temporary trading symbol will be used for approximately 20 trading days before the Class A Common Stock reverts to trading on NASDAQ under "PGTV" on or about January 31, 2003.
02% until August 2, 2010 which then reverts to the lender's standard variable rate for rest of the term, currently 7.
com/dailylist/) contains notification that the trading symbol for the company's common stock reverts back to ISSS effective Feb.
15% which reverts to lender's standard variable rate for rest of the term, currently 6.
Auto-revert automatically reverts a PC's hard disk to a pre-defined "clean" state without user intervention.
99% until July 2, 2010 which reverts to lender's standard variable rate for rest of the term, currently 7.
As network errors proliferate, the switch reverts to fragment-free cut-through, filtering the entire 64-byte header before forwarding the data.