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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.
See also: above, average

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.
See also: average, out

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.
See also: average

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.
See also: average, out

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.
See also: average, law, of

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.
See also: average, out
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Each month, 5,000 people are averagely erased from the lists of unemployed persons.
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But, as Arlene Phillips' low octane musical nonsense limped into week two, at least we learned one thing - Girls Aloud guest stars Kimberley and Nicola should stick to singing averagely.
Even to become an averagely performing region, tens of thousands more people have to be helped to find new skills, qualifications, jobs and houses.
Your team can play averagely for a half, or an hour, or even for 90 minutes, but you know the first chance he gets, he will probably score.