: not outstanding in quality or rarity : average, ordinary

Examples of run-of-the-mill in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of run-of-the-mill was in 1919

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“Run-of-the-mill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-of-the-mill. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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