matter of course, a

Something that is expected, as in It was a matter of course that police officers received special training. It is also put as as a matter of course, meaning “as part of a standard procedure,” as in The employer checked John's references as a matter of course. First recorded only in 1809, this idiom uses course in the sense of “the natural or logical order of events.”


Nearby words

  1. matteotti,
  2. matteotti, giacomo,
  3. matter,
  4. matter in deed,
  5. matter of course,
  6. matter of fact,
  7. matter of fact, a,
  8. matter of law,
  9. matter of life and death, a,
  10. matter of opinion

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