The run of the mill

The run of the mill
Run Run, n. 1. The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run; to go on the run. [1913 Webster]

2. A small stream; a brook; a creek. [1913 Webster]

3. That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation, or during a certain time; as, a run of must in wine making; the first run of sap in a maple orchard. [1913 Webster]

4. A course; a series; that which continues in a certain course or series; as, a run of good or bad luck. [1913 Webster]

They who made their arrangements in the first run of misadventure . . . put a seal on their calamities. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

5. State of being current; currency; popularity. [1913 Webster]

It is impossible for detached papers to have a general run, or long continuance, if not diversified with humor. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. Continued repetition on the stage; -- said of a play; as, to have a run of a hundred successive nights. [1913 Webster]

A canting, mawkish play . . . had an immense run. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

7. A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a bank or treasury for payment of its notes. [1913 Webster]

8. A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep run. --Howitt. [1913 Webster]

9. (Naut.) (a) The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows toward the stern, under the quarter. (b) The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run of fifty miles. (c) A voyage; as, a run to China. [1913 Webster]

10. A pleasure excursion; a trip. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

I think of giving her a run in London. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

11. (Mining) The horizontal distance to which a drift may be carried, either by license of the proprietor of a mine or by the nature of the formation; also, the direction which a vein of ore or other substance takes. [1913 Webster]

12. (Mus.) A roulade, or series of running tones. [1913 Webster]

13. (Mil.) The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It is executed upon the same principles as the double-quick, but with greater speed. [1913 Webster]

14. The act of migrating, or ascending a river to spawn; -- said of fish; also, an assemblage or school of fishes which migrate, or ascend a river for the purpose of spawning. [1913 Webster]

15. (Sport) In baseball, a complete circuit of the bases made by a player, which enables him to score one point; also, the point thus scored; in cricket, a passing from one wicket to the other, by which one point is scored; as, a player made three runs; the side went out with two hundred runs; the Yankees scored three runs in the seventh inning. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The ``runs'' are made from wicket to wicket, the batsmen interchanging ends at each run. --R. A. Proctor. [1913 Webster]

16. A pair or set of millstones. [1913 Webster]

17. (Piquet, Cribbage, etc.) A number of cards of the same suit in sequence; as, a run of four in hearts. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

18. (Golf) (a) The movement communicated to a golf ball by running. (b) The distance a ball travels after touching the ground from a stroke. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{At the long run}, now, commonly, {In the long run}, in or during the whole process or course of things taken together; in the final result; in the end; finally. [1913 Webster]

[Man] starts the inferior of the brute animals, but he surpasses them in the long run. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

{Home run}. (a) A running or returning toward home, or to the point from which the start was made. Cf. {Home stretch}. (b) (Baseball) See under {Home}.

{The run}, or {The common run}, or {The run of the mill} etc., ordinary persons; the generality or average of people or things; also, that which ordinarily occurs; ordinary current, course, or kind. [1913 Webster +PJC]

I saw nothing else that is superior to the common run of parks. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

Burns never dreamed of looking down on others as beneath him, merely because he was conscious of his own vast superiority to the common run of men. --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster]

His whole appearance was something out of the common run. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

{To let go by the run} (Naut.), to loosen and let run freely, as lines; to let fall without restraint, as a sail. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • run-of-the-mill — or[run of the mine] {adj.} Of a common kind; ordinary; usual. * /Frank is a very good bowler, but Joe is just run of the mill./ * /It was just a run of the mine movie./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run-of-the-mill — or[run of the mine] {adj.} Of a common kind; ordinary; usual. * /Frank is a very good bowler, but Joe is just run of the mill./ * /It was just a run of the mine movie./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run-of-the-mill — • run of the mill • run of the mine adj Of a common kind; ordinary; usual. Frank is a very good bowler, but Joe is just run of the mill. It was just a run of the mine movie …   Словарь американских идиом

  • run-of-the-mill — /run euhv dheuh mil /, adj. merely average; commonplace; mediocre: just a plain, run of the mill house; a run of the mill performance. [1925 30] Syn. ordinary, routine, everyday. * * * …   Universalium

  • run-of-the-mill — UK US /ˌrʌnəvðəˈmɪl/ adjective ► ordinary and not special or exciting in any way: »The event is not just a run of the mill conference …   Financial and business terms

  • run-of-the-mill — adj not special or interesting in any way = ↑ordinary ▪ a run of the mill performance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run-of-the-mill — If something is run of the mill, there is nothing exceptional about it it is ordinary or average …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • run-of-the-mill — un of the mill, a. Ordinary; common; unexceptional. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • run-of-the-mill — unspectacular, 1909 in a literal sense, in reference to material yielded by a mill, etc., before sorting for quality. Figurative use is from 1922 …   Etymology dictionary

  • run-of-the-mill — [run′əv thə mil′] adj. not special; ordinary; average …   English World dictionary

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