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English definition of “run in the family”

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run in the family

If a quality, ability, disease, etc. runs in the family, many members of the family have it: Intelligence seems to run in that family. We're all ambitious - it seems to run in the family.
Translations of “run in the family”
in Chinese (Traditional) 家族遺傳,世代相傳…
in Chinese (Simplified) 家族遗传,世代相传…
(Definition of run in the family from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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