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English term or phrase:have form
English translation:have a record of having done this
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17:06 Jan 31, 2009
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Bus/Financial - Journalism / article about recession in the UK
English term or phrase: have form
In this article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/92011204-e988-11dd-9535-0000779fd2... it reads:

But the prime minister cannot be so definitive on Britain having no possibility of defaulting. After all, the country ***has form***.

Can anybody explain what "has form" means?
Thanks!
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_floriana_
Italy
Local time: 01:49
has a record of having done this
Explanation:
Literally, "to have form" means to have a criminal conviction, to be on police records. In this case, under a previous Labour government in the 1970s, the British economy became incapable of sustaining itself by its own efforts and had to call on the International Monetary fund for a large bail-out, which was accompanied by stringent conditions.

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Note added at 6 mins (2009-01-31 17:12:43 GMT)
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Before being applied to criminal convictions, I believe this term came from horse-racing.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:49
Grading comment
thanks, Jack!
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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +7
has a record of having done this


Explanation:
Literally, "to have form" means to have a criminal conviction, to be on police records. In this case, under a previous Labour government in the 1970s, the British economy became incapable of sustaining itself by its own efforts and had to call on the International Monetary fund for a large bail-out, which was accompanied by stringent conditions.

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Note added at 6 mins (2009-01-31 17:12:43 GMT)
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Before being applied to criminal convictions, I believe this term came from horse-racing.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:49
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 36
Grading comment
thanks, Jack!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kim Metzger: OED - of a racehorse - record of previous performances by a racehorse
11 mins
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agree  Nesrin: That's new to me - thanks!
14 mins
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agree  Bernhard Sulzer: makes good sense!
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agree  Samantha Payn
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agree  Lalit Sati
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