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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"When I was a young man it just wasn't the done thing to talk about it because people don't want to hear that sort of thing and I felt ashamed.
She said: "It's a great message for everyone not just women, I'm sure there's cases where a man sings something that's inappropriate, but it just wasn't the done thing to say anything.
It just wasn't the done thing. Now the younger royals, Princes William and Harry, you see them hugging...
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. Someone this morning remarked that Bollywood is a hypocritical haven where everything happens, but nothing is out in the open.
Back then, it definitely wasn't the done thing. And to be honest, it still isn't.
"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!
"Ridley & Hall has never been a 'stuffy' firm, but trousers for women wasn't the done thing. I don't think they knew what to do with me!" Sarah began working in general litigation, but was soon specialising in personal injury cases alongside colleague Nigel Priestley.