garden-variety

[gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee]

adjective

common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.

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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