garden variety

garden-variety

[gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee]
adjective
common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.

Origin:
1925–30

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garden variety

Ordinary, common, as in I don't want anything special in a VCRthe garden variety will do. This term alludes to a common plant as opposed to a specially bred hybrid. [Colloquial; 1920]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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