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English definition of “the done thing”

the done thing

mainly UK (US usually the thing to do)
what you are expected to do in a social situation : Don't forget to shake hands - it's the done thing, you know .Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of the done thing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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