par

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[ pahr ]
/ pɑr /

noun

adjective

average or normal.
Finance. at or pertaining to par: the par value of a bond.

verb (used with object), parred, par·ring.

Golf. to equal par on (a hole or course).

Idioms for par

    par for the course, exactly what one might expect; typical: They were late again, but that's par for the course.

Origin of par

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First recorded in 1615–25, par is from the Latin word pār equal
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British Dictionary definitions for par for the course

par
/ (pɑː) /

noun

adjective

average or normal
(usually prenominal) commerce of or relating to parpar value

Word Origin for par

C17: from Latin pār equal, on a level; see peer 1
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Medicine definitions for par for the course

par
[ pär ]

n. pl. pa•ri•a (rē-ə)

A pair; specifically, a pair of cranial nerves.
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Idioms and Phrases with par for the course (1 of 2)

par for the course

An average or normal amount; just what one might expect. For example, I missed three questions, but that's par for the course. This term comes from golf, where it refers to the number of strokes needed by an expert golfer to finish the entire course. Its figurative use for other kinds of expectation dates from the second half of the 1900s.

Idioms and Phrases with par for the course (2 of 2)

par

In addition to the idiom beginning with par

  • par for the course

also see:

  • below par
  • on a par with
  • up to par
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