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than the average bear

A comparative phrase meaning more/less, better/worse, etc., than the average person or thing. Originates from the animated character Yogi Bear, whose catchphrase is that he is "smarter than the average bear. He's certainly tougher than the average bear. I don't excel at all my subjects, but I still think I'm smarter than the average bear.
See also: average, bear

average Jane

An average, unexceptional, or ordinary girl or woman. Derived from the more common phrase "average Joe," which generally refers to a boy or man. What sets me apart from your average Jane, though, is my tenacity and ferocity in business. I'm as much a fan of the show as the average Jane, but I don't watch it religiously.
See also: average, Jane

average Joe

An average, unexceptional, or ordinary person, especially a boy or man. So many movies try to cater to as many people as possible, watered down for the average Joe. I like to think I'm a bit more intelligent than your average Joe.
See also: average, joe

Joe Average

The average, ordinary, or typical person. Primarily heard in US. The inner workings of congress might be familiar to a political science student like yourself, but to Joe Average, it is often a completely unknown process. We strive to ensure that our computers can handle the highest demands of an IT professional but still remain accessible to Joe Average.
See also: average, joe

average bear

The average person or thing. It is typically used as a point of comparison in the phrase "than the average bear." Originates from the animated character Yogi Bear, whose catchphrase is that he is "smarter than the average bear. He's certainly tougher than the average bear. I don't excel at all my subjects, but I still think I'm smarter than the average bear.
See also: average, bear

a cut above average

Considered not the best but a little above average. The quality of this dress isn't the finest that I've seen, but it is a cut above average.
See also: above, average, cut

above average

higher or better than the average. Max's grades are always above average.
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average out (at something)

 and average out (to something)
to equal something as the average of a set of figures. The figures averaged out at what was expected. Will the charges average out to a reasonable figure? Over time, our expenses will average out to a low monthly outlay.
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average something up

to calculate the average of a set of figures. Please add these figures and average them up. Please average up all the monthly expenses for the previous year. Will you please average these figures up on the calculator?
See also: average, up

below average

lower or worse than average. Tom's strength is below average for a child his size. Dad asked why my grades are below average.
See also: average, below

a cut above average

better than average. John isn't the best mechanic in town, but he's a cut above average.
See also: above, average, cut

on the average

 and on average
generally; usually. On the average, you can expect about a 10 percent failure rate. This report looks OK, on average.
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on the average

also on average
usually Health conditions were on the average pretty good. Women on average tend to be more interested in shopping than men are.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of on average (when two or more amounts are added together and divided by the number of amounts)
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average out to something

to equal an amount over a period of time I think our hotel costs would average out to thirty-five or forty dollars a night per person.
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the law of averages

the probability that you will get one result about the same number of times as another if you do something often enough By the law of averages we can't give a good performance every night of the tour.
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law of averages

The idea that probability will influence all occurrences in the long term, that one will neither win nor lose all of the time. For example, If it rains every day this week, by the law of averages we're bound to get a sunny day soon . This colloquial term is a popular interpretation of a statistical principle, Bernoulli's theorem, formulated in the late 1600s.
See also: average, law, of

on the average

As a rule, usually, as in On the average, about 15 percent of the freshmen class will drop out before graduation. This expression uses average in the sense of "a norm or standard." [First half of 1700s]
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average out

1. To calculate the average of something: Let's average out the students' scores to see how well the class did overall. We took the rainfall figures for every summer since 1950 and averaged them out.
2. To have some amount as an average: The time you spend on the phone averages out to three hours each day. Though there are some very high prices here, there are some low ones, too, and they average out.
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Oak Park High School's graduating seniors scored an average 523 verbal and 551 math compared with an average 531 verbal and 530 math in 1995-96.
In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, students scored an average of 963; in Mojave, 960; in Muroc, 907; and in Southern Kern, 972.
The 32 freshmen in the Assembly had an average of $146,664 in investments, with a median of $100,000.
Van Nuys High School had the highest average combined score on the Scholastic Assessment Test in the Los Angeles Unified School District and El Camino Real High School had the second highest math score, according to results released Tuesday.
Tribeca properties have tended to go quicker this year than properties in other neighborhoods, although Tribeca was the neighborhood which held the longest average time on the market a year ago.
South Carolina has the lowest state-wide average gasoline price in the nation at $2.
The scores were far higher on the written-language portion of the exam, with most students in all but third, 10th and 11th grades performing better than the national average.
In the second quarter of 1997, average sale price per room in all the neighborhoods saw an increase, with the exception of the neighborhood bordered by Sutton and Beckman, which dropped only 1.
0 grade point average and will attend Stanford University, where she will pursue studies in medical research.
The average price of the 48 condos still on the market showed a slight increase to $377,043.
MSNBC averaged 158,000 homes for the day, well above its 64,000-home average last year.
The Trump buildings had original sales at an average of $659 per square foot and total resales at $786 per square foot, for an average appreciation of 19.
According to ticket comparison company FanSnap, at $276, the Yankees have the lowest average ticket prices for the LCS.
By March 2005, when all costs were presumably accounted for, average total costs of compliance had ballooned to $4.
In Northern Manhattan, the average sales price reached $699,034, a 47% increase from 2004, marking the highest percentage increase.