when in Rome, (do as the Romans do)

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - when in Rome

"when in Rome, (do as the Romans do)"

behave however the people around you behave;

adapt yourself to the customs of the places you visit


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - when in Rome

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Why does the new manager insist on dressing so formally? He has been here over a month and still he wears a suit and tie to work every day. Why is he not conforming to this company's relaxed dress code?

Colleague 2: He is certainly not going to fit in unless he relaxes a little.

Colleague 1: I guess he has never heard the expression, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - when in Rome

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Seriously? You are eating with your fingers from a communal bowl? Disgusting!

Friend 2: When in Rome, my friend, when in Rome. It is a lot of fun and the food is delicious. Besides, I don't think that cutlery is even available in this restaurant.

Friend 1: Then I suppose I will always be the outsider because I just don't think I can manage that.

Friend 2: Relax. Assimilate. Enjoy.

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There is no gerund form for when in Rome, (do as the Romans do).

when in Rome, (do as the Romans do) - Examples:

1)  ... about $80.00 each way which seemed a bit steep in price, but when in Rome (err) Canada, you pay for the adventure.

2)  ... fired guns and ate at a local BBQ restaurant. Hey, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

3)  ... and the beer tasted off. He stuck to rum and Coke. When in Rome. "A pina colada and a Cuba libre, por favor."

4)  Nothing says Quebec to me like one of those. When in Rome... I flexed my French muscles and ordered "deux cheeseburger, une poutine ...

5)  ... supposed to be overseeing. But he quickly fell in line. "When in Rome, do as the Romans," he explained.

6)  I should have to relearn some rules: When in Rome.... I prefer using the serial comma, but my company follows ...

7)  ... how limited many of my countrymen are at understanding cultural differences and "when in Rome, do as the Romans". While in the Peace Corps I ate local ...

8)  We have many laws that are not compatible with foreign customs. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

9)  I guess that's all about fitting into society thing; when in Rome, do as Romans do.

10)  ... should partake of their native cuisine. You know the old saying about when in Rome ...

11)  First thing I did is learning the English language. When in Rome etc. This Country of ours has been made great by the melting pot.

12)  ... outsiders to go to a place, than demand it change? When in Rome do as the Romans. If they don't like it ... Go home.

13)  ... work together? Selig says it pays to be observant and practice "when in Rome" behavior, going with the flow.

14)  The first hinges on our respect for other peoples' culture. When in Rome, etc.

15)  ... country are expected to integrate into society. As the saying goes "when in Rome do as the Romans do."

16)  ... is unabashed nudity. Of the three of us, two decided "when in Rome!" and went au natural.

17)  Be rude, you are in Paris after all! When in Rome?

18)  ... some attitudes and preconceptions, and where necessary "go native". When in Rome, do as the Romans. Unless you want to remain largely detached from the ...

19)  Obey the laws and regulations of that country where you are in. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

20)  ... attention to what is going on around you and can adopt a "when in Rome" attitude to the flow of things, it is not to be missed.