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garden-variety

[ gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee ]
/ ˈgɑr dn vəˌraɪ ɪ ti /
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adjective

common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.

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Origin of garden-variety

First recorded in 1925–30
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Idioms and Phrases with garden-variety

garden variety

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

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