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the beaten path

1. A course or route frequently or heavily traveled. I chose that island as a vacation spot because I knew it was off the beaten path and would give me some much-needed solitude. I know people say to be adventurous when traveling, but I like to stay along the beaten path in places I don't know very well.
2. A trend, development, method, etc., that is typical or unoriginal. I generally keep to the beaten path when it comes to books. I'm not fond of reading anything experimental or overly academic. None of us were surprised when James decided to study yoga in India instead of going to college. He has always gone off the beaten path in life.
See also: beaten, path
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