the general run (of something)

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the general run (of something)

The standard, average, or typical type of something. The unorthodox politician is seen by many as a rebuke to the general run of bureaucrats, who spend more time debating and arguing than actually accomplishing anything meaningful. While the general run of stuff you find in a flea market is junk, every now and then you come across something really valuable.
See also: general, run
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we can't expect everybody to be like us,' John put his pipe into his mouth again, and smoked like one who felt his superiority over the general run of mankind.
In this respect it is different from the general run of roads in the Carpathians, for it is an old tradition that they are not to be kept in too good order.
Childers and Master Kidderminster walked in a curious manner; with their legs wider apart than the general run of men, and with a very knowing assumption of being stiff in the knees.
There is one verse that ought not to have been rejected, because it so evidently prophetically refers to the general run of Congresses of the United States:
Miss Fanny Squeers carefully treasured up this, and much more conversation on the same subject, until she retired for the night, when she questioned the hungry servant, minutely, regarding the outward appearance and demeanour of Nicholas; to which queries the girl returned such enthusiastic replies, coupled with so many laudatory remarks touching his beautiful dark eyes, and his sweet smile, and his straight legs--upon which last-named articles she laid particular stress; the general run of legs at Dotheboys Hall being crooked--that Miss Squeers was not long in arriving at the conclusion that the new usher must be a very remarkable person, or, as she herself significantly phrased it, 'something quite out of the common.
Stubbs is the soul of punctuality, honesty, and efficiency,--a thorough business hand, and as humane as the general run.
Equal to the general run of children at five months o-old
One of the things both the general run of Muslims and we ourselves need to make clear to them is that they can be devout and zealous without departing from the accepted, standard teachings of their faith and that those who try to lead into the ways of hate, murder and destruction are teachers of error and unfaithful to their religion.
Louis Cardinals' Busch Stadium, Juan Mata set up a pair of first-half goals for Chelsea against the general run of play.
It was always one of the things that set Saxon apart from the general run of NWOBHM (new wave of British heavy metal) bands and on this, their latest release, it still comes over clearly.
The general run of London public housing ("council housing"), built to resettle the bombed areas, was ordinary, sensible, and honorable.
What further sets him apart from the general run of scientists, overworked doctors, swimmers, and fern collectors is that all evidence in his books shows that he is an extraordinarily happy man, as happy as the ten-year-old who repeatedly stank up the large family home in London and rattled it with explosions.
I realize that dimension is largely cut to order for a specific purpose or a particular piece of furniture, but the general run of dimension is like regular lumber, except that the defects allowed, if any, are more clearly defined.
But for the general run of desktop computing applications, Ultra ATA/66 will provide PC users with a low cost, fast access, highly reliable interface solution for years to come.