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when in Rome (do as the Romans do)

Definition of when in Rome do as the Romans do in English:

proverb When abroad or in an unfamiliar environment you should adopt the customs or behavior of those around you.
Example sentences
  • In Ireland 1am is not a time when one would take to the water but it was a case of when in Rome, do as the Roman's do, and so many of the group had a sample dip in the warm Atlantic, before heading home to their host families.
  • ‘I am a loyal Russian citizen… but when in Rome, do what the Romans do,’ she said.
  • I certainly believe when in Rome should apply when they come to live here.
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