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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.
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.
everything in the garden is lovely
Everything is going well. Often used in the negative. Primarily heard in UK. I doubt that everything in the garden is lovely for them—I think their happiness is just an act.
everything in the garden is rosy
Everything is going well. Often used in the negative. I doubt that everything in the garden is rosy for them—I think their happiness is just an act.
A period in which an employee does not work but continues to get paid, as before leaving or being terminated by a company. Primarily heard in UK. Brett's on garden leave right now, but I'm sure they're going to fire him.
vulgar slang A derogatory term for a woman considered promiscuous. The term plays on the meanings of "ho" (a derogatory slang term for a prostitute or woman considered promiscuous) and "hoe" (a tool used for tilling soil). You can't go home with him—he'll think you're a garden tool!
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.
A period in which an employee does not work but continues to get paid, as before leaving or being terminated by a company. Primarily heard in UK. Brett's on gardening leave right now, but I'm sure they're going to fire him.
slang A female'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!
lead (one) down the garden path
To mislead or deceive one. Don't lead me down the garden path—tell me what is really going on here.
lead (one) up the garden path
To mislead or deceive one. Don't lead me up the garden path—tell me what is really going on here.
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.
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.
COMMON You use common-or-garden to describe something of a very ordinary kind and with no special features. These are designer rain boots — not your common-or-garden wellies. He's just a common-or-garden petty criminal. The experiment itself is garden-variety science that normally would attract little public attention. Note: These expressions were originally used to describe the most ordinary variety of a species of plant.
lead someone up the garden pathBRITISH or
lead someone down the garden pathAMERICAN
If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you by making you believe something which is not true. He led me up the garden path. He said the relationship with Penny was over but now he seems to be seeing her again. They led me down the garden path and made me believe there would be a job for me.
common or gardenof the usual or ordinary type. British informal
Common or garden was originally used to describe a plant in its most familiar domesticated form, e.g. ‘the common or garden nightshade’.
1964 Leonard Woolf Letter I certainly do not agree that the unconscious mind reveals deeper truths about someone else than plain common or garden common sense does.
everything in the garden is lovely (or rosy)all is well. informal
Everything in the garden is lovely was an early 20th-century catchphrase, originating in a song popularized by the English music-hall artiste Marie Lloyd ( 1870–1922 ), and is used as an expression of general satisfaction and contentment.
lead someone up the garden pathgive someone misleading clues or signals. informal
The earliest (early 20th-century) examples of this phrase use just garden rather than garden path , which suggests that the original context was of someone enticing a person they wanted to seduce or flirt with out into a garden. A North American variant of the phrase is lead someone down the garden path .
ˌcommon or ˈgarden(British English) (American English ˈgarden-variety) (informal) ordinary; not unusual: ...a pet shop full of snakes and spiders, and not a common or garden rabbit or hamster in sight!
everything in the garden is ˈlovely/ˈrosy(British English, saying, often ironic) everything is satisfactory, is going well, or could not be better: She pretends that everything in the garden is rosy, but I’ve heard that she’s heavily in debt.
lead somebody up the garden ˈpath(informal) cause somebody to believe something that is not true; deceive somebody: I think you’re just leading us up the garden path — now, come on, tell us the truth! ♢ He had led her up the garden path, telling her he wasn’t married.
n. a whore; a hoe. (Contrived word play.) She’s nothing more than a garden tool.
garden path, to lead up/down the
To deceive, to trick. This expression, often put simply as “up the garden,” originated early in the twentieth century and tends to suggest a romantic or seductive enticement. Often found in popular novels of the 1930s and 1940s, it is less frequently heard today. See also primrose path.
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.