Definition of par for the course in US English:

par for the course


  • What is normal or expected in any given circumstances.

    ‘given the high standards of the food, the prices seem par for the course’
    • ‘To be told you've won a digital camera or mountain bike or some such, whilst wondering what the catch is, is about par for the course.’
    • ‘Didn't get to see everyone I'd hoped to, but that's par for the course.’
    • ‘Now 5,000 patients die every year because of hospital-bred infections and this is now seen as par for the course.’
    • ‘Bizarre conversations with taxi drivers are par for the course in Dublin, but this one took the biscuit.’
    • ‘Getting the odd whistle or rude comment is par for the course.’
    normal, typical, standard, usual, predictable, what one would expect, only to be expected
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