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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.
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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.
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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

on an average

Typically. On an average, how many cupcakes does your shop sell daily?
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average out (to)

1. To calculate the median number of a set of figures. In this usage, a noun can be used between "average" and "out." You need to average out your expenses and make a budget for yourself. I haven't averaged the kids' test scores out yet, but I don't think it will be a very high number, as most of them failed.
2. To reach an amount that is indicative of an overall situation (rather than the occasional high or low points). In this usage, "to" is commonly part of the phrase. I've had both high and low test scores this semester, but I think it will average out to a decent overall grade.
See also: average, out

average up

To calculate the median number of a set of figures. In this usage, a noun can be used between "average" and "up." You need to average up your expenses and make a budget for yourself. I haven't averaged the kids' test scores up yet, but I don't think it will be a very high number, as most of them failed.
See also: average, up

above average

Better than most people or things in a certain area. Because Jerry's SAT scores were well above average, he was able to attend the college of his choice. Our sales were above average for this market.
See also: above, average

below average

Subpar. You'll never get into a top college with below average grades like these.
See also: average, below

law of averages

The idea that no one result will happen all the time. Don't worry, you'll score a goal eventually. It's just the law of averages.
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on the average

Typically; in general. How many cupcakes does your shop sell daily, on the average? On the average, we can expect our costs to be recouped by our profit margin.
See also: average, on

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

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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the ˌlaw of ˈaverages

the principle that one thing will happen as often as another if you try enough times: Keep applying for jobs and by the law of averages you’ll get one sooner or later.
See also: average, law, of

average out

v.
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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