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run-of-the-mill

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

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

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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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Cultural definitions for run-of-the-mill

run of the mill

Common, ordinary, average: “His performance in the game was neither exemplary nor disastrous; it was simply run of the mill.”

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Idioms and Phrases with run-of-the-mill

run of the mill

Ordinary, average, as in There's nothing special about these singers—they're just run of the mill. This expression alludes to fabrics coming directly from a mill without having been sorted or inspected for quality. It has survived such similar phrases as run of the mine and run of the kiln, for the products of mines and kilns. [Late 1800s]

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