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matter of course

something that follows in logical, natural, or customary sequence or that is treated as such:
After such reprisals, war followed as a matter of course.
Origin of matter of course


[mat-er-uh v-kawrs, -kohrs] /ˈmæt ər əvˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs/
occurring or proceeding in or as if in the logical, natural, or customary course of things; expected or inevitable.
accepting things as occurring in their natural course, or characterized by an acceptance of things as such:
to be matter-of-course in confronting the difficulties of existence.
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Unless you're a fan of steak tartar, cooking meat before you eat it is a matter of course.
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  • These were generic tables that anyone doing the experiments might have created as a matter of course.
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  • Read biographies of any number of well known people and see that they struggled with rejection and sabotage as a matter of course.
  • As a matter of course, the deadline was five years after being hired.
  • We have policed ourselves quite effectively, going above and beyond imposed regulations as a matter of course.
  • He has dared attempt the task of knowing the whole law, and yet without any sense of daring, but as a matter of course.
  • It was almost a matter of course that there should be legends of confession.
British Dictionary definitions for matter of course

matter of course

an event or result that is natural or inevitable
(usually postpositive) occurring as a matter of course
accepting things as inevitable or natural: a matter-of-course attitude
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