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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
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Watson's Red Stables have made a modest start to the new season, posting just six wins so far, but the American handler can buck the trend should his horses run true to form.
You do that and try and pre-empt who will win against whom, but it doesn't always run true to form.
If things run true to form, there will be months, possible even years of claim and counter-claim.
IT made a pleasant change from recent shocks to see both Tuesday's televised finals, the Showsec Security Scurry Cup and the Wafcol Cock O'The North, run true to form.
If events run true to form in a few years some other fake sheikh will get into one of Her Maj's motors and reveal all to a Sunday scandal sheet.
IF THINGS have run true to form then Robinho will have been telling the world how he has been a Chelsea fan since he was a lad in the run-down part of Sao Vicente and it has always been his dream to play at Stamford Bridge .
He has run true to form over the past two years and has diverted hardly at all from his long history of dogged obedience to the President, which often has come at the cost of institutional independence and adherence to the rule of law.
If you run true to form you will have your say, all be it with a few choice words, then tomorrow you will have forgotten all about it, Aries.
We want to run true to form, and if that happens and someone else slips, we could be waiting on the doorstep.
The past few years have run true to form for these machines, as sales have taken off just like the economy in 2004 and are heading for higher territory in 2005 after being down from 2001 through 2003.
If extra-time had run true to form, it would have been gap-toothed Roberts grinning from ear-to-ear, instead of slumped on the half-way line as the Birmingham players celebrated with their fans.
If things run true to form, though, exactly the opposite will occur.
In California, the second quarter of 2007 has run true to form as depicted in prior reports, demonstrating substantial job loss in the real estate-related sectors and sluggish growth throughout the State's economy, with unemployment and mortgage defaults on the rise.
I don''t suppose ordinary people would want another socialist in charge, they all run true to form sooner or later.
THE mood was buoyant in the Exotic Dancer camp after the nine-year-old had run true to form to finish 15 lengths behind Kauto Star.