be not the done thing

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be not the done thing

Of a given behavior, to be unacceptable, inappropriate, or incorrect in a particular social situation. Primarily heard in UK. You should know better than to wear a skirt like that to a formal dinner; it is simply not the done thing! I'm so glad smoking indoors is not the done thing anymore!
See also: done, not, thing
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She had cultivated this wholesome image around her of a woman who could balance both films and family with a studied ease, and showing any sign of weakness wasn't the done thing.
Vince wasn't allowed in the delivery room - it wasn't the done thing back then - but the first time he held Athol, he was in tears again.
People like Sir Bradley Wiggins have made it cool, but when I used to go to school and say, 'I'm not playing out today because I'm going racing', or I wanted to go and ride my bike, that wasn't the done thing," Trott recalls.
People like Sir Bradley Wiggins have made it cool, so a lot more people are getting into it now, but when I used to go to school and say, 'I'm not playing out today because I'm going racing', or I wanted to go and ride my bike, it was almost like they'd take the Mickey out of me because that wasn't the done thing.
It wasn't the done thing to tell anyone," Geraint recalls, speaking honestly and frankly about those difficult years in an attempt to raise awareness and understanding of the condition.
During the '60s it wasn't the done thing for a woman to drive around on her own so my father drove me everywhere
Miss Atkinson said his wife had admitted in interview that there had been previous instances of domestic violence but she didn't report them because it wasn't the done thing in her religion.
Ridley & Hall has never been a 'stuffy' firm, but trousers for women wasn't the done thing.
When he started out, he came across French chefs who felt it wasn't the done thing to make head chef until you had white hair.
They had a habit of falling for their models, which just wasn't the done thing in polite Victorian society.
A short rendition of Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney Spears in B-flat was enough to realise that this wasn't the done thing and it was time to crack open the Champagne that had been left for us chilling in the fridge.
There was once a view in Wales that permitting females inside the male sanctuary of the clubhouse just wasn't the done thing.