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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 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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Mr Allsop then reverts to type and steals to fund his habit and probably to survive.
Sadly, she reverts to type this week when she invites old friends Zoe and Roxy (perfect caricatures of modern teenagers) to Rita's gaff for a booze up.
Heartbroken, Todd reverts to type, claiming he will help Phelan and Vinny rip off the locals - including Alex - for a cut of their deal.
The stage is set for an exciting season and if the Premier League reverts to type - dominated by the usual clubs - the EFL will be the place to which fans will turn.
The pressure is on Mourinho and when Mourinho is under pressure against a big club he reverts to type although I've no idea what he's going to type.
On the real issues like the NHS funding crisis, falling wages, the bedroom tax, exploitative zero-hour contracts and falling living standards, the Chancellor has nothing, instead he reverts to type and cuts taxes for his millionaire chums.
Shepherd) reverts to type when he finds out mumGail (Helen Worth) has helped girlfriend Tina (Michelle Keegan) get an abortion.
But if he reverts to type, England will return home with "almost nothing" to show for their efforts, and nothing will save him then.
This reminds us that the enemy is not merely conservatism but complacency, which includes collusion in production that has no interest in disrupting predominant conditions and merely reverts to type.
However, this is not in his nature and every time we have a blip,he reverts to type.
Keith Jones, who lost his Welsh welterweight crown on that same Aberystwyth bill, reverts to type as a trial horse in a six-rounder with Bexleyheath's Leo O'Reilly, who is seeking to regain the winning habit after a shock cuts stoppage by Alan Temple, at Maesteg, in October.
While our great rivals in the north (Manchester) bask in the glory of hosting the Commonwealth Games and its streets throb with the sound of outdoor entertainment Birmingham reverts to type and shows its true colours.
But when they retire to stud this 'new audience' simply reverts to type - clapping like seals when a Wimbledon umpire orders mobile phones switched off.
As for those who allege our PM reverts to type under pressure - the type being an arrogant public schoolboy - well, they may have a point.
After almost a quarter of a million U2 fans walked on the playing area last week, the stadium reverts to type tomorrow with the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final double header.