manner born, to the

 Not manor. The line is from Hamlet.

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  • manner born, to the —    Not manor. The line is from Hamlet …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • manner born — This expression has come to mean accustomed by birth to a high position. In this expression, manner is frequently spelled manor, through the mistaken idea that manor born means born to high estate, to the aristocracy. The word should be manner,… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • to the manner born — phrasal 1. obsolete : born to follow or obey a certain practice or custom 2. : fitted by birth, rearing, or long training or experience to occupy some post or position was to the manner born in the court circles of Versailles C.G.Bowers * * * to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • as to the manner born — (as) to the manner born slightly formal if you behave to the manner born, you behave confidently, as if a particular situation is usual and familiar for you. Although he never lost his lower class accent, he lived the life of a rich and… …   New idioms dictionary

  • to the manner born — (as) to the manner born slightly formal if you behave to the manner born, you behave confidently, as if a particular situation is usual and familiar for you. Although he never lost his lower class accent, he lived the life of a rich and… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (as) to the manner born — phrase as if a particular activity or style of living is completely natural for you She took to her new life as to the manner born. Thesaurus: words used to describe ways of livinghyponym Main entry: manner …   Useful english dictionary

  • (as if) to the manner born — (as/as if) to the manner ˈborn idiom (formal) as if sth is natural for you and you have done it many times in the past • She adapted to life on the estate as if to the manner born. Main entry: ↑manneridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • to the manner born — ► to the manner born naturally at ease in a specified job or situation. [ORIGIN: with allusion to Shakespeare s Hamlet I. iv. 17.] Main Entry: ↑manner …   English terms dictionary

  • to the manner born — adjective Familiar from birth with a specified custom, behaviour, accoutrement etc.; naturally suited to (it). This [...] involved not only wearing certain clothes as if to the manner born, but being familiar with the gestures and the style of… …   Wiktionary

  • to the manner born — {adj. phr.} At ease with something because of lifelong familiarity with it. * /She says her English is the best because she is to the manner born./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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