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against the grainContrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects.
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tough loveThe compassionate use of stringent disciplinary measures, to attempt to improve someone's behavior.
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all's fair in love and warunpleasant behavior is acceptable during love and conflict.
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apple does not fall far from the treeA child grows up to be very similar to its parents, both in behavior and in physical characteristics.1842, E. A. Freidlaender (translator), Frederika Bremer (author), The Neighbours, ch. 10:It is impossible to look at Madam Rhen, without at once making the conclusion that she is pleasantness, hospitality, and loquacity itself; nor can one look upon her daughter Renetta without thinking, "the apple does not fall far from the tree!"1978, Dr. Isador Rosenfeld, "Doctor Asks Patient
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blot one's copy bookTo damage one's own reputation through bad behavior.
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born in a barnEngaging in the annoying behavior of inappropriately, and usually neglectfully, leaving open a door or window.
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calling cardAn attribute, object, or behavior which is distinctly characteristic of someone or something.
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carrot and stickSimultaneous rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.
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cat that ate the canaryA person whose appearance and behavior suggest guilt mixed with other qualities, such as satisfaction or feigned nonchalance.
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caucus raceThe competitive process in which a political party selects their candidate, esp. presidential; a primary election via caucus.
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den of iniquityA place of immoral behavior, usually of a sexual type.
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do aTo emulate the behavior/behaviour that is generally attributed to the individual named.
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do as i say and not as i doDon't imitate my behavior but obey my instructions.
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freak flagUnconventional or unrestrained behavior; extreme, nonconformist views; the side of one's personality which harbors a tendency toward such behavior or such views.
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give as good as one getsTo behave toward others in a manner resembling or commensurate with their behavior towards oneself, especially in a situation where one is insulted or otherwise ill-treated.
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go with the flowTo act as others are acting, conforming to common behavior patterns with an attitude of calm acceptance.
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hardwiredIn humans and animals, genetically determined, instinctive behavior, as opposed to learned behavior.
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hold with the hare and run with the houndsTo oppose an action or behavior and yet engage in the same action or behavior; to be a hypocrite.
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it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of godThe rich can afford more immoral behavior than the poor.
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mess upTo make unwanted mistakes in a given task, usually through distraction or obnoxious behavior.
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nut-cutting timeTime to exert maximum effort, for example, due to an approaching deadline or a looming competitive situation.
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object lessonAnything used an example or lesson which serves to warn others as to the outcomes that result from a particular action or behavior, as exemplified by the fates of those who followed that course.
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party animalA person known for frequent, enthusiastic attendance at parties, especially one whose partying behavior is exuberant or excessive.
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play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.
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problem childA child who is particularly difficult to raise or educate, especially due to a lack of self-control and disruptive and antisocial behavior.
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run for one's moneyA difficult challenge for the person indicated, especially one involving a competitive situation.
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second childhoodThe period or state of cognitive decline of an elderly person, characterized by childlike judgment and behavior.
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second natureA mindset, skill, or type of behavior so ingrained through habit or practice that it seems natural, automatic, or without a basis in conscious thought.
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shape upTo improve; to correct one's bad habits or behavior.
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shape up or ship outTo either improve one's behavior or else be required to leave; to either improve one's performance in an activity or else withdraw from that activity completely.
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sow one's wild oatsTo indulge in a period of irresponsible behavior, particularly sexually; Often used in reference to young adults or to the recently divorced.
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wrap around one's fingersTo make one susceptible to desire, in that their behavior or actions are influenced.
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