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common or garden variety

A standard, unexceptional, or commonly found kind (of thing). Primarily heard in UK. That's just your common or garden variety house spider; there's no need to be concerned about its bite.
See also: common, garden, variety

garden variety

A standard, unexceptional, or commonly found kind (of thing). That's just your garden variety house spider; there's no need to be concerned about its bite.
See also: garden, variety

common or garden

(used before a noun; sometimes hyphenated) Standard, unexceptional, or commonly found. Primarily heard in UK. That's just your common or garden house spider; there's no need to be concerned about its bite. I'm just looking for a common-or-garden mobile phone; I don't need anything fancy.
See also: common, garden

lady garden

slang A woman's genitals, pubic hair, and/or the surrounding area. I was brought up in a very conservative household, so it was a shock to me to go to beach where women would display their lady gardens in public!
See also: garden, lady

skunk at a garden party

Someone or something that is unwelcome or unpleasant. Running into my ex at that important networking event was like encountering a skunk at a garden party.
See also: garden, party, skunk

lead someone down the garden path

 and lead someone up the garden path
to deceive someone. Now, be honest with me. Don't lead me down the garden path. That cheater really led her up the garden path.
See also: down, garden, lead, path

lead somebody down the garden path

also lead somebody up the garden path
to deceive someone Our country has been led down the garden path by the politicians in office.
Etymology: based on the idea that a path in a garden is very pleasant, so someone who is brought along it can be deceived without noticing it
See also: down, garden, lead, path


very ordinary (always before noun) I just want a common-or-garden bike - it doesn't have to have special wheels or lots of gears or anything like that.

Everything in the garden is rosy.

something that you say which means that there are no problems in a situation (often negative) But not everything in the garden is rosy. Sales may look good but they're actually 10% down on last year.
See lead up the garden path
See also: everything, garden, rosy


  (American & Australian)
very ordinary (always before noun) It's just a garden-variety shopping mall, large but not special in any way.

lead somebody up the garden path

  (British, American & Australian informal) also lead somebody down the garden path (American informal)
to deceive someone We were led up the garden path about the cost of the building work - it turned out really expensive.
See also: garden, lead, path, up

garden variety

Ordinary, common, as in I don't want anything special in a VCR-the garden variety will do. This term alludes to a common plant as opposed to a specially bred hybrid. [Colloquial; 1920]
See also: garden, variety

lead down the garden path

Also, lead up the garden path. Deceive someone. For example, Bill had quite different ideas from Tom about their new investment strategy; he was leading him down the garden path . This expression presumably alludes to the garden path as an intentional detour. [Early 1900s] Also see lead on.
See also: down, garden, lead, path

garden tool

n. a whore; a hoe. (Contrived word play.) She’s nothing more than a garden tool.
See also: garden, tool

lead down garden path

Deceive. The path to which the phrase refers meant an intentional detour, so to escort someone down it was to mislead a person who relied on your honesty.
See also: down, garden, lead, path
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