milk run


: a short, routine, or uneventful flight

Examples of milk run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s becoming more and more rare that brands are stuck with milk run reps that don’t want modern, digital tools. Outside Online, 14 Aug. 2020 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milk run was in 1943

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“Milk run.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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