to the manner born


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to the manner born

Coming naturally, as if accustomed from birth. She grew up in poverty, but since she became famous she has taken to rubbing shoulders with the upper crust as if to the manner born.
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to the manner born

Accustomed from birth to a particular behavior or lifestyle, as in At a high-society function she behaves as though to the manner born, but we know she came from very humble circumstances . This term was invented by Shakespeare in Hamlet. Referring to the King's carousing in Danish style, Hamlet says (1:4): "Though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honor'd in the breach than the observance." The manner in this expression was later sometimes changed to manor, "the main house of an estate," and the idiom's sense became equated with "high-born" (and therefore accustomed to luxury), a way in which it is often used today.
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to the manner born

naturally at ease in a specified way of life, job, or situation.
This comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet: ‘though I am native here And to the manner born’. Punning on this expression, to the manor born is used to refer to someone who has aristocratic origins.
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(as if) to the ˌmanner ˈborn

(formal) as if a job, a social position, etc. were completely natural to you: He rides round in a Rolls Royce as if to the manner born.
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to the manner born

Accustomed to a position, custom, or lifestyle from or as if from birth.
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manner born

Familiar with such things. The phrase comes from Hamlet: “But to my mind, though I am native here. And to the manner born, it is a custom / More honour'd in the breach than the observance.” The widespread confusion between “manner and “manor” has been going on for at least two centuries. “To the manor born,” in the sense of accustomed to luxury as if raised in an aristocratic environment, was used as the title of a British sitcom that achieved some popularity on American public television.
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Isn't everybody to the manner born with a rambling country house, a modest stately home in Scotland and a lolloping labrador?
He slips into his heroic role to the manner born and co-stars Christopher Walken and Bruce Dern make it appear effortless.
He started by learning enough Welsh to sling dollops of it around as to the manner born. He found the secret of making jokes about monoglots v Welsh speakers is the same as making jokes about men v women - that is, to send up the attitudes of both sides equally.
When he came into the England side two years ago he looked to the manner born.
Prior rattled along at nearly a run a ball playing proper cricket shots and looking as though to the manner born. He had his dad and girlfriend Emily in the crowd, but he spared a thought for his mum who had to miss out.
Hook hinted at as much on Saturday when he came off the bench for injured skipper Stephen Jones and performed as though to the manner born in the Millennium Stadium draw with Australia.
Ravishingly sung by a cast of five (six with the deus ex machina angel who descends late on to put everything right -a telling moment for Charlotte Ellett) and supported by an orchestra which played like a period band to the manner born (conductor Paul McCreesh has achieved a miraculous transformation of tone and technique), it was a memorable evening.
John Major was from a family of South London circus freaks, yet he tried to sound as though he were to the manner born.
He certainly takes to wigs and bloomers as to the manner born, enjoying his banter with the audience enormously.
Meanwhile, his wife looking increasingly confident - almost to the manner born - continues to play a dutiful role in expensive hats worn at a jaunty angle.
He can handle an ornate Versace vase, a chunky Nick Munroe teapot or a slender Jasper Conran Champagne flute as though to the manner born - in front of television cameras, retailers and customers alike.
Owen's hat-trick in Germany brought parallels with Hurst, and his 24th England goal - fifth in seven qualifiers and 16th for Eriksson - took him level with the 1966 World Cup hero in eleventh place in the all-time charts.This, though, was a night made for Rooney, the young prince delivering like someone to the manner born as he set the seal on the night.
How could this effortlessly charming man, son of actress Angela Thorne, who is at the moment calmly pouring brown sauce over a hot bacon sandwich as to the manner born, get thrown out of drama school?
I'm told: "He wasn't quite to the manner born because he looked so ridiculous in that suit.