run of the mill

run-of-the-mill

[ruhn-uhv-thuh-mil]
adjective
merely average; commonplace; mediocre: just a plain, run-of-the-mill house; a run-of-the-mill performance.

Origin:
1925–30


ordinary, routine, everyday.
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run-of-the-mill
 
adj
ordinary, average, or undistinguished in quality, character, or nature; not special or excellent

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Word Origin & History

run-of-the-mill
"unspectacular," 1909, lit. in ref. to material yielded by a mill, etc., before sorting for quality. Fig use is from 1930.
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Cultural Dictionary

run of the mill definition


Common, ordinary, average: “His performance in the game was neither exemplary nor disastrous; it was simply run of the mill.”

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run-of-the-mill definition


  1. mod.
    average; typical. (Referring to the typical quality of a product that comes out of a mill.) : This stuff is just run-of-the-mill.
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Idioms & Phrases

run of the mill

Ordinary, average, as in There's nothing special about these singersthey're just run of the mill. This expression alludes to fabrics coming directly from a mill without having been sorted or inspected for quality. It has survived such similar phrases as run of the mine and run of the kiln, for the products of mines and kilns. [Late 1800s]

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