Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - run-of-the-mill


ordinary or usual


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - run-of-the-mill

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: The company has finally supplied me with a new laptop computer and just in time as my old one was about to fail.

Colleague 2: I hope it is a fancy deluxe new computer.

Colleague 1: No. Just a run-of-the-mill laptop. Completely average in every way.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - run-of-the-mill

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How was that new restaurant you and your wife tried last night?

Friend 2: They serve lots of different dishes, but none is outstanding or very much better than in any other restaurant. It’s run of the mill.

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run-of-the-mill - Usage:


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run-of-the-mill - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for run-of-the-mill.

run-of-the-mill - Examples:

1)  Prosthesis creates a poetic effect, turning a run-of-the-mill word into something novel. Prosthesis is an example of a rhetorical scheme.

2)  They are recorded in pristine 720P HD quality. These are NOT your run-of-the-mill, poorly executed Youtube videos that you have probably suffered through!

3)  And that doesn't include all the normal, run-of-the-mill advertising where an actress loves a brand of make-up or a wrestler loves beef jerky.

4)  ... it was excessively tight monetary policy following the boom of the 1920s that turned a run-of-the-mill recession into a depression.

5)  ... was a film with great depth and a unique script that isn't the average run-of-the-mill Hollywood fare. 

6)  And no, we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill tattoos and piercings here -- these mods are extreme.

7)  ... and they are not places for run-of-the-mill worship. Temples, instead, are reserved for the most sacred rituals.

8)  The comparisons with more run-of-the-mill savings products may be confusing some investors into thinking their money is secure.

9)  An address of 135 1/2 should be the first clue that this is not your run-of-the-mill hot dog place. The menu was developed from mid-afternoon trial and error experiments.

10)  ... fall into a subgroup of patients with somewhat less viciously aggressive biology than the usual run-of-the-mill pancreatic cancer exhibits. 

11)  ... he decided to focus on jobs that require special skills and care. A run-of-the-mill contractor won't touch a complete wiring update of a 150-year-old home, ... 

12)  Would anyone in their right mind pay $3000 to $5000 for some run-of-the-mill three-credit-hour class?

13)  What separates master copywriters from your run of the mill types is this: understanding your market.

14)  No Reservations:Tokyo, said the difference between really really good sushi and run of the mill is ingredient, technique, and timing. 

15)  It would be Nintendo's biggest mistake to make Zelda a run of the mill generic multi player online game.

16)  It is not a run of the mill college prank. It is a manifestation of a long standing and ingrained personality defect.

17)  They're heavy duty - not your run of the mill suspenders. 

18)  ... but these are not even remotely superstars, just run of the mill faculty with average or below average publication records.

19)  This is not your run of the mill music show and definitely worth seeing.

20)  How do we fit in? Are we just run of the mill? Are we totally exceptional? Or are we somewhere in between?