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run-of-the-mill

[ruhn-uh v-th uh-mil] /ˈrʌn əv ðəˈmɪl/
adjective
1.
merely average; commonplace; mediocre:
just a plain, run-of-the-mill house; a run-of-the-mill performance.
Origin of run-of-the-mill
1925-1930
1925-30
Synonyms
ordinary, routine, everyday.
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  • The street was full of people—strangers who didn't look like your run-of-the-mill artist.

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British Dictionary definitions for run-of-the-mill

run-of-the-mill

adjective
1.
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
adj.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for run-of-the-mill

run-of-the-mill

adjective

Ordinary; average; garden-variety (1930+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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