• When something or someone is described as run-of-the-mill, it is not special or outstanding.
  • Ordinary, average, or undistinguished in quality, character, or nature.
  • Merely average; commonplace; mediocre.

1. A: I see you’re watching football, are you a fan?

B: Ah, this is run-of-the-mill football, I’m a fan of college football!


2. I prefer white wine to red wine, but this Californian white wine is run-of-the-mill.


3. I was never an A+ student, just run-of-the-mill.


4. In my opinion, the actors in the musical gave a run-of-the-mill performance.

common, commonplace, customary, dime a dozen, everyday, fair, fair to middling, garden-variety, humdrum, intermediate, mainstream, mediocre, medium, middle of the road, middling, ordinary, regular, routine, so-so, undistinguished, unexceptional, usual

Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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