milk run

noun

Definition of milk run

: a short, routine, or uneventful flight

Examples of milk run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ships carried a few hundred passengers and followed a standard route, known as the milk run. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 Manhart and his buddies hunt a milk run of public spots that border private crop fields. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 23 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 25 Sep. 2017 The traditional milk run won’t keep the dairy business running anymore. Paul Page, 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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“Milk run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk%20run. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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