par for the course

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Originally a phrase used in golf.

Ironically completing a golf course in par (or even net par) is actually unusually good for most golfers and is not a typical result.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɑː fə ðə ˈkɔːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹ fɚ ðə ˈkɔɹs/, /-ˈkɔəɹs/
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par for the course (not generally comparable, comparative more par for the course, superlative most par for the course)

  1. (idiomatic) To be expected; normal; common.
    It took a long time to finish, but that's par for the course on a project like this.
    • 2017 December 8, Hadley Freeman, “Adam Gopnik: ‘You’re waltzing along and suddenly you’re portrayed as a monster of privilege’”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      [] Nigella Lawson and Ralph Fiennes, we were told, might pop by later. The Gopniks smiled calmly: this was all par for the course for them.