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in ordinary

1. In regular or active service (to another person). Primarily heard in UK. I'm the counsel in ordinary to the prime minister—please let me through!
2. Of a naval vessel, not currently being used. No, that ship is in ordinary these days—it needs some extensive repairs.
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in the ordinary way

1. In the normal, standard, or typical fashion or means. The issue will have to work its way through the courts in the ordinary way before the Supreme Court will consider the case.
2. As usual; as to be expected. We told him to be there at 9 PM on the dot, but, in the ordinary way, he showed up about 15 minutes late.
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in the normal course of things

As things typically unfold, take place, or happen. In the normal course of things, we would have arranged for a follow-up interview to take place right away, but things were so chaotic that it never happened. Profits are going to be down this quarter, since, in the normal course of things, site traffic slows down over the summer months.
See also: course, normal, of, thing

in the normal course of events

As things typically unfold, take place, or happen. In the normal course of events, we would have arranged for a follow-up interview to take place right away, but things were so chaotic that it never happened. Profits are going to be down this quarter, since, in the normal course of events, site traffic slows down over the summer months.
See also: course, event, normal, of

in the ordinary course of things

As things typically unfold, take place, or happen. In the ordinary course of things, we would have arranged for a follow-up interview to take place right away, but things were so chaotic that it never happened. Profits are going to be down this quarter, since, in the ordinary course of things, site traffic slows down over the summer months.
See also: course, of, ordinary, thing

in the ordinary course of events

As things typically unfold, take place, or happen. In the ordinary course of events, we would have arranged for a follow-up interview to take place right away, but things were so chaotic that it never happened. Profits are going to be down this quarter, since, in the ordinary course of events, site traffic slows down over the summer months.
See also: course, event, of, ordinary

out of the ordinary

Not usual or common; exceptional; beyond or outside of one's normal expectations. We need to investigate the warehouse to figure out what's tripping the security alarms. Just keep your eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary. A: "How did the meeting go?" B: "It was fine, nothing out of the ordinary."
See also: of, ordinary, out

out of the ordinary

unusual. It was a good meal, but not out of the ordinary. Your report was nicely done, but nothing out of the ordinary.
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out of the ordinary

Unusual, uncommon, exceptional, as in The venison they served was certainly out of the ordinary. This expression sometimes, but not always, indicates that something is better than the usual. However, the negative version, nothing out of the ordinary, usually indicates that something is not special or outstanding, as in It was an interesting lecture, but nothing out of the ordinary.
See also: of, ordinary, out

in the ordinary, normal, etc. course of eˈvents, ˈthings, etc.

as things usually happen: In the normal course of events we would not treat her disappearance as suspicious.
See also: course, of

in the ordinary ˈway

(British English) used to say what normally happens in a particular situation: In the ordinary way, she’s not a nervous person.
See also: ordinary, way

out of the ˈordinary

unusual; strange: His new book is certainly out of the ordinary. I’ve never read anything like it before.
See also: of, ordinary, out
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While Hitler is justifiably considered a monster, the author contends that what made him so horrifying was his ordinariness.
It's that ordinariness that makes Kate so extraordinary.
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When an unwelcome and sinister stranger breaks into the bookish, cloistered haven of his flat, the ordinariness of his life is twisted and distorted into something monstrous and his being threatened.
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There is a limit to how many laughs can be squeezed out of amiable ordinariness dressed in unadulterated inanities.