Definition of (as if) to the manner born in English:

(as if) to the manner born

phrase

  • Naturally at ease in a specified job or situation.

    ‘General Marshall managed in mufti to wear the three-piece suit as if to the classy manner born’
    • ‘Fred was equally elegant in dress and manners - truly, a gentleman to the manner born.’
    • ‘Yet, the meaning and worth of the words grew within over a period until you found yourself repeating them, in due course, as if to the manner born.’
    • ‘Highly respected for her mastery of the French repertoire, she launched into Wagner as if to the manner born, diction and dynamics perfect and every note impeccably placed.’
    • ‘It was remarked that she carried herself as if to the manner born.’
    • ‘Although Ashish bowled as if to the manner born, for Diwan Singh, his son's journey from a local school ground to superstardom in Durban seems surreal.’
    • ‘The quartet sound as if to the manner born, and I doubt that opportunities for comparison will be popping up any time soon.’
    • ‘We said that ‘as a conservationist, Moskowitz was to the manner born.’’
    • ‘With his striking good looks, powerful physique and ease before the camera, The Rock undergoes transition from entertainment-sports celebrity to movie star as if to the manner born.’
    • ‘She breezes through Previn's challenging music as if to the manner born, combining a crystal clear upper register with a wealth of darker, more sensuous colours.’
    • ‘Conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu has a sure feeling for the scores and the Dallas Opera Orchestra played as if to the manner born.’