milk run


Definition of milk run

: a short, routine, or uneventful flight

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Recent Examples on the Web Bread-and-milk runs have become surgical raids: Sterilize the grocery cart with a disinfectant wipe, scout out the TP aisle, exchange sideways glances with the could-be infected, grab the essentials, and get the hell out of there. Josh Wilbur, Wired, "This Is the ‘Cozy Catastrophe’ Americans Have Always Wanted," 29 Mar. 2020 The combi planes also make famous milk runs through southeast Alaska, leaving Anchorage and stopping about every 45 minutes to deliver goods — including milk — to little communities before heading on to Seattle, where the airline is headquartered. Mark Thiessen, The Seattle Times, "No more flying with reindeer: Unique Alaska planes to retire," 25 Sep. 2017 The traditional milk run won’t keep the dairy business running anymore. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of milk run

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milk run

from the resemblance in regularity and uneventfulness to the morning delivery of milk

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The first known use of milk run was in 1943

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“Milk run.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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