run to form

Also, run true to form. Act as one expects, especially in keeping with previous behavior. For example, She ran to form, arriving an hour late, or The door-to-door campaign was running true to form, with solicitors always arriving at dinnertime. This term originally was used for race horses running as expected from their previous record; it was transferred to human behavior in the late 1800s.


Nearby words

  1. run the show,
  2. run through,
  3. run time,
  4. run to,
  5. run to earth,
  6. run to seed,
  7. run up,
  8. run wild,
  9. run with,
  10. run-down

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