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custom

A generally accepted practice or behavior by a particular group of people or a social group.
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They know how to spare when they see occasion; and when they strike, the axe may be sharp indeed, but its edge is seldom poisoned with ill-will; nor is it their custom ignominiously to kick the head which they have just struck off.
The life of the Custom -- House lies like a dream behind me.
If anyone, at this moment, had entered the Custom House, he would have found Mr.
Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout left the Custom House without delay, got into a cab, and in a few moments descended at the station.
Well, as you have said, your ways are not our ways, but you can fight well enough to do about as you please, and so, if you wish to give your woman to a captive, it is your own affair; but as a chieftain you should have those to serve you, and in accordance with our customs you may select any or all the females from the retinues of the chieftains whose metal you now wear."
A lot of you think and say, for I've heard you, 'There's this new Doctor hasn't been here so long as some of us, and he's changing all the old customs. Rugby, and the Schoolhouse especially, are going to the dogs.
D'Artagnan began by making his most splendid toilet, then returned to Athos's, and according to custom, related everything to him.
It became quite a custom for the steward, as he finished his sixth bottle before turning in, to call upon Kwaque for his story.
I voted that women might vote, because I knew that they, the wives and mothers of the race, would vote John Barleycorn out of existence and back into the historical limbo of our vanished customs of savagery.
About this period the people were much incensed at an act committed by a person who held an office in the Custom House.
He was very well known to the customs officers of the coast; and as there was between these worthies and himself a perpetual battle of wits, he had at first thought that Dantes might be an emissary of these industrious guardians of rights and duties, who perhaps employed this ingenious means of learning some of the secrets of his trade.
Where there is still a people, there the state is not understood, but hated as the evil eye, and as sin against laws and customs.