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once a ——, always a ——

Definition of once a ——, always a —— in English:

proverb A person cannot change their fundamental nature: once a whinger, always a whinger
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  • As far as the Catholicism goes, there is a school of thought that says, ‘once a Catholic, always a Catholic’.
  • Our position is, once a criminal, always a criminal and we will keep you in jail forever, and if we do let you out, we expect you back in three years anyway.
  • I was strictly a drummer, and once a drummer, always a drummer - the way I play is very rhythmic, very percussive.
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