the common run of (something)

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the common run of (something)

The standard, average, or typical type of something. The unorthodox politician is seen by many as a rebuke to the common run of bureaucrats, who spend more time debating and arguing than actually accomplishing anything meaningful. While the common run of stuff you find in a flea market is junk, every now and then you come across something really valuable.
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the common/general ˈrun (of something)

the average or usual type (of something): This programme is better than the general run of television comedies.
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gives, as I know very well, having been invited to one of them to fill a vacant place, when I saw at once that these repasts are very superior to the common run of entertainments for which the humbler sort of J.'s acquaintances get cards)--who, I say, with the most good-natured feelings in the world, can help wondering how the Jenkinses make out matters?
In trying to recall all the details that could give shape to his suspicions, he remembered only lately hearing his mother scold Maggie for walking in the Red Deeps when the ground was wet, and bringing home shoes clogged with red soil; still Tom, retaining all his old repulsion for Philip's deformity, shrank from attributing to his sister the probability of feeling more than a friendly interest in such an unfortunate exception to the common run of men.
Yet I will pledge myself, that in humanity and good feeling he was superior to the common run of men.
It was useless to bandy words with one who gave such clear evidence of being something out of the common run of word-bandiers.
They were conventionally correct, but an earnestness of purpose which could be felt in the very air lifted the business above the common run of affairs of honour.
His wit and humour, breadth of knowledge of both Telugu and English literary works, and his unwavering adherence to independent journalistic standards, set him apart from the common run of journalism, Shri Naidu reminisced.
The statement testifies to the imaginative power of French's novels, elevating them above the common run of genre fiction.
I must have been an exception among the common run of 'northern' youths.
These sophisticates, however, in their separation from the common run of the American people, neither perceive nor experience American society in the way their social and intellectual inferiors do.
The local people have demanded the immediate installation of water filtration plants, removal of the rusted water supply pipe lines, penalizing of the shopkeepers who supply the adulterated food stuff to the common run of people.
At large public affairs, cold bottles of champagne are brought ostentatiously to the Prime Minister and other senior officials, while the common run of guests (including diplomats and other ministers) content themselves with more normal refreshments.
At the same time his focus in HET sets him apart from the common run of Historians of Thought who, he laments, habitually neglect monetary economics.
A judges panel spokesman added: "The clarity of Janice's vision and tireless commitment to helping everyone in the school achieve their best far exceeds the common run of headship.
The qualities that set Cook apart from the common run of politicos was that he was a man of utter conviction, not prepared to cut his cloth to suit the latest fashionable foibles of New Labour or to put theexercise of power on a higher pedestal than his own beliefs.
She refused all marriage proposals for the daughter and encouraged the son never to 'mix with the common run of the earth'.