Idiom of the Week – Week 15

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to be par for the course”: a behavior, event, or situation that is not good but is normal or as you would expect it to be (normal sein; das war zu erwarten)

It’s likely that this phrase comes from the game of golf, which is played on a course. The number of strokes a good player would require for a hole is called “par”; for example, Hole 8 might have a par of 3 strokes.

Example 1:  We weren’t able to reach anyone at the ad agency. Everyone is out of the office until after Easter. That’s par for the course right before a major holiday, isn’t it?

Example 2:  Paying a higher price for a last-minute flight is par for the course.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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