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Origin of run-of-the-mill

First recorded in 1925–30

Synonyms for run-of-the-mill

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Contemporary Examples of run-of-the-mill

Historical Examples of run-of-the-mill

  • The street was full of people—strangers who didn't look like your run-of-the-mill artist.

    The Syndic

    C.M. Kornbluth

British Dictionary definitions for run-of-the-mill


  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

"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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