Use Run-of-the-mill in a sentence


merely average; commonplace; mediocre: just a plain, run-of-the-mill house; a run-of-the-mill performance.


ordinary, routine, everyday. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To run-of-the-mill
World English Dictionary
ordinary, average, or undistinguished in quality, character, or nature; not special or excellent

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"unspectacular," 1909, lit. in ref. to material yielded by a mill, etc., before sorting for quality. Fig use is from 1930.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang Dictionary

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.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature