second nature
noun Date: 1582 an acquired deeply ingrained habit or skill <
after a while, using the gearshift become second nature
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • second nature — n. habits, characteristics, etc. acquired and fixed so deeply as to seem part of a person s nature …   English World dictionary

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  • second nature — noun acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate • Hypernyms: ↑habit, ↑use * * * noun [noncount] : something you can do easily or without much thought because you have done it many times before After a while, using the gearshift… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Second Nature — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Du stirbst nur zweimal Originaltitel: Second Nature Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 2003 Länge: 87 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • second nature —    If something you do is second nature to you, it is something that you do easily or automatically because you have done it so often or for so long.     Skiing is second nature to Harry. He grew up in a ski resort …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • second nature — {n.} Something done without any special effort, as if by natural instinct. * /Cutting tall trees has become second nature to the experienced lumberjack./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second nature — {n.} Something done without any special effort, as if by natural instinct. * /Cutting tall trees has become second nature to the experienced lumberjack./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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