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[ruhn-uh v-th uh-mil] /ˈrʌn əv ðəˈmɪl/
merely average; commonplace; mediocre:
just a plain, run-of-the-mill house; a run-of-the-mill performance.
Origin of run-of-the-mill
ordinary, routine, everyday. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for run-of-the-mill
  • If executed well, even an average run-of-the-mill strategy will achieve spectacular results.
  • School closures, canceled proms, and emergency rooms flooded with people panicking over run-of-the-mill coughs and sore throats.
  • Even among standard run-of-the-mill personality disorder patients, informant reports end up being quite useful to clinicians.
  • It's bad enough as it is if you're a run-of-the-mill independent power producer.
  • Part of the band's duties included run-of-the-mill meetings where they helped hammer out details as mundane as food service.
  • We were not an eager audience for run-of-the-mill lectures.
  • Thus, the high professional academics view their run-of-the-mill colleagues.
  • Bear in mind that your typical, run-of-the-mill computer virus is not alive, because all it does is replicate itself.
  • If you need help at the library, be sure to ask a librarian though instead of a run-of-the-mill library worker.
  • Sometimes the stories it tells are run-of-the-mill melodramas that could have happened anywhere.
British Dictionary definitions for run-of-the-mill


ordinary, average, or undistinguished in quality, character, or nature; not special or excellent
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Word Origin and History for run-of-the-mill

"unspectacular," 1909 in a literal sense, in reference to material yielded by a mill, etc., before sorting for quality (cf. common run "usual, ordinary type," from 1712). Figurative use is from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for run-of-the-mill



Ordinary; average; garden-variety (1930+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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