run to form

run to form

To behave or act in the expected manner or way. The election has run to form so far, full of little else but smear tactics and mudslinging. Susie's attendance has always been pretty erratic and, running to form, she didn't come to today's meeting.
See also: form, run
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run to form

Also, run true to form. Act as one expects, especially in keeping with previous behavior. For example, She ran to form, arriving an hour late, or The door-to-door campaign was running true to form, with solicitors always arriving at dinnertime . This term originally was used for race horses running as expected from their previous record; it was transferred to human behavior in the late 1800s.
See also: form, run
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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HOME OF THE BRAVE is 'Mr Consistency' over seven furlongs and only has to run to form to take Newbury's Hungerford CH4).
Next time out, again at Epsom, the gelding didn't run to form even allowing for the extra weight to take its toll.
For the moment, I have rated the race on the basis that Fez (87) has run to form, which results in the winner Misty Miss returning a figure of just 90.