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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
lead someone down the garden pathand 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.
lead somebody down the garden pathalso 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
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
garden-variety(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.
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]
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.
n. a whore; a hoe. (Contrived word play.) She’s nothing more than a 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.