matter of course

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matter of course (plural matters of course)

  1. (idiomatic) A natural or logical outcome.
  2. (idiomatic) An expected or customary outcome.
    On some occasions standing ovations may be given to political leaders as a matter of course, rather than as a special honour.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.