by/from force of habit

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of by/from force of habit

:without thinking because it is what one usually does
  • He reached into his pocket for his keys by/from force of habit.

Word by Word Definitions

force play
  1. : strength or energy exerted or brought to bear : cause of motion or change : active power

  2. used with a number to indicate the strength of the wind according to the Beaufort scale

  3. : moral or mental strength

  1. : to do violence to

  2. : to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

  3. : to make or cause especially through natural or logical necessity

habit play
  1. : clothing

  2. : a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function

  3. : a costume worn for horseback riding

  1. : clothe, dress


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