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I supposed this to be a custom with the colored population of Turkey, and passed on.

The conditions are appalling, but, according to the custom of the country, they are "moral."

As was his custom, he wore no overcoat, but a short sweater under his coat.

His hand came under my chin as his custom was in giving orders.

This is the custom of the Indians when they are about to fight,--they hide their families.

I did not know then what he meant, but it seems it was a custom.

It had formerly been the custom to use the guns by twos and threes.

I propose that, as is our custom, we take some notice of it.

"'It is not the custom,'" wearily quoted Kingozi in the vernacular.

He remained with us, contrary to his custom, the whole evening.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "habitual practice," from Old French costume "custom, habit, practice; clothes, dress" (12c., Modern French coutume), from Vulgar Latin *consuetumen, from Latin consuetudinem (nominative consuetudo) "habit, usage, way, practice, tradition, familiarity," from consuetus, past participle of consuescere "accustom," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + suescere "become used to, accustom oneself," related to sui, genitive of suus "oneself," from PIE *swe- "oneself" (see idiom). Replaced Old English þeaw. Sense of a "regular" toll or tax on goods is early 14c. The native word here is toll.

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