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in (or out of) character

Definition of in or out of character in English:

In keeping (or not in keeping) with someone’s usual pattern of behavior.
Example sentences
  • The judge said she could have gone to prison if anybody had been hurt but her job was of value to the community and her behaviour had been out of character.
  • This isn't the most flattering anecdote, but the behaviour is in character.
  • He claims to be mercenary, yet often acts out of character, especially in the third act.
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