adjective (1)
\ ˌrən-əv-ˈpā-pər How to pronounce run-of-paper (audio) \

Definition of run-of-paper

 (Entry 1 of 10)

: to be placed anywhere in a newspaper at the option of the editor run-of-paper advertisement


adjective (2)
\ ˌrən-ə(v)-t͟hə-ˈmil How to pronounce run-of-the-mill (audio) \

Definition of run-of-the-mill (Entry 2 of 10)

: not outstanding in quality or rarity : average, ordinary


adjective (3)
\ ˌrən-ə(v)-t͟hə-ˈmīn How to pronounce run-of-the-mine (audio) \
variants: or run-of-mine \ ˌrən-​əv-​ˈmīn How to pronounce run-of-mine (audio) \

Definition of run-of-the-mine (Entry 3 of 10)

1 : not graded run-of-the-mine coal


adjective (4)

Definition of run-of-river (Entry 4 of 10)

: operating on the flow of the river without modification by upstream storage run-of-river power plant

average/normal/general/usual run of

idiom (1)

Definition of average/normal/general/usual run of (Entry 5 of 10)

: the usual or normal kind of (person or thing) She's not like the average run of students. The place is different from the usual run of restaurants.

run out of gas

idiom (2)

Definition of run out of gas (Entry 6 of 10)

: to no longer have any gas in one's vehicle Our car ran out of gas on the way here. We ran out of gas just as the car reached the gas station. sometimes used figuratively to indicate getting tired The pitcher ran out of gas in the seventh inning.

run out of patience

idiom (3)

Definition of run out of patience (Entry 7 of 10)

: to become annoyed or upset about having to wait for something Those people have been here for hours, and they're starting to run out of patience.

run out of time

idiom (4)

Definition of run out of time (Entry 8 of 10)

: to have no more time to do or complete something We ran out of time and didn't finish the project.

run the risk of

idiom (5)

Definition of run the risk of (Entry 9 of 10)

: to be or do something that may result in (something bad or unpleasant happening) You run the risk of being misunderstood if you don't explain your purpose carefully. a dangerous policy that runs the risk of failure

the run of

idiom (6)

Definition of the run of (Entry 10 of 10)

: the freedom to go anywhere or do anything one wants in (a place) With his parents gone, he had the run of the house.

First Known Use of run-of-paper

Adjective (1)

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (3)

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of run-of-paper was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of run-of-the-mill

often disapproving : average or ordinary

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