par for the course Informal
Meaning: If something is par for the course, it's what you'd expect it to be.
- Bill hasn't paid his rent on time, but that's par for the course. He's always late.
- I had an appointment to see my doctor at three but I had to wait an hour. I know waiting is par for the course when it comes to doctors, but it still annoys me.
Origin: From golf, in which par is the number of shots a good player would be expected to take to complete a hole. If par numbers for all the holes on a course are added up, you find the par for the course.
If people say it's "par for the course" when a train arrives late, it means the train is