run-of-the-mill

[ ruhn-uhv-thuh-mil ]
/ ˈrʌn əv ðəˈmɪl /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. run with,
  2. run-down,
  3. run-flat,
  4. run-in,
  5. run-of-paper,
  6. run-of-the-mine,
  7. run-on,
  8. run-on sentence,
  9. run-out,
  10. run-through

Origin of run-of-the-mill

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for run-of-the-mill

run-of-the-mill

adjective

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

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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