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runs in the family

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Definition


Suggests that a trait is inherent in the DNA. Genetically coded and passed down.

Context : Social Life, Sports, Technology
Category: Idiom
Semantic: DNA, genetics

"Runs in the family" can refer to something physical like a disease or something intangible like a personal characteristic.

Usage of “runs in the family”

  1. Patience runs in the family.

  2. Basketball players run in our family.

  3. Baldness runs in his family.

Examples of idiom “runs in the family” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'torinoblexo'
    torinoblexo:

    @will_ford good to know that your crazy liberalness runs in the family

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'WushuWes'
    WushuWes:

    OK I feel way better now that I know my mom forgot her phone and eye glasses at my aunt's. Short term memory loss runs in the family I guess

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'harveb1'
    harveb1:

    @Mark_Sanchez My wife and I would love to be there.Epilepsy runs in the family.Jersey is quite a jump for us . Good luck with the fund .

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'taylor_lynn17'
    taylor_lynn17:

    My aunt is really being annoying.. Guess it runs in the family

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'MsWoodhouse1816'
    MsWoodhouse1816:

    @stevepear How silly was it?!?! (sorry, bad comedy runs in the family)