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to the manner born

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From Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, scene 4: "But to my mind, though I am native here / And to the manner born, it is a custom / More honour'd in the breach than the observance."

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to the manner born

  1. Familiar from birth with a specified custom, behaviour, accoutrement etc.; naturally suited to it.
    • 1977, Gāmini Salgādo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society 2006, p. 16:
      This [...] involved not only wearing certain clothes as if to the manner born, but being familiar with the gestures and the style of conversation associated with such clothes.
    • 2008, Jeremy Alexander, The Guardian, 10 Nov 2008:
      Stephen Ward, a winger converted to emergency left-back two months ago, now looks to the manner born.

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