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be plain vanilla

slang To be uninteresting, unexciting, or unadventurous. A reference to vanilla being considered an ordinary, unexciting flavor. I've always thought guided tours were pretty plain vanilla. I would much rather experience a new city by exploring it for myself. He's got good job security and a nice house, so it's really no wonder he's so plain vanilla. Why take risks when you've got all you want in life?
See also: plain, vanilla

be vanilla

slang A reference to vanilla being considered a plain or ordinary flavor.
1. To be uninteresting, unexciting, or unadventurous. I've always thought guided tours were pretty vanilla. I would much rather experience a new city by exploring it for myself. She's got good job security and a nice house, so it's really no wonder she's so vanilla. Why take risks when you've got all you want in life?
2. To be conventional, unadventurous, or not particularly kinky or fetishistic in one's sexual activities or interests. He's so hot, but he's pretty vanilla when it comes to sex.
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plain vanilla

A reference to vanilla being considered an ordinary or unexciting flavor. Often hyphenated if used before a noun.
1. Completely basic, simple, or straightforward, lacking embellishments, adornments, special features, etc. I still use the plain-vanilla version of the software. I don't want to pay for all the extra features they've been advertising. No thanks, I don't need any luxury features on the car. The plain vanilla model will be fine.
2. Uninteresting, unexciting, or unadventurous. I've always thought guided tours were a pretty plain-vanilla way to experience a new city. He's got good job security and a nice house, so it's really no wonder he's so plain vanilla—why take risks when you've got all you want in life?
3. Referring to a simple or standard derivative financial instrument, such as an option or a swap. We'll want to lock in some plain-vanilla forex options so that we don't get caught out by any unanticipated exchange rate drops.
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that's why they make chocolate and vanilla

Used to express the fact that it's OK for people to have varying tastes or preferences. The over-the-top, campy aesthetic of the film certainly won't be for everyone, but that's why they make chocolate and vanilla.
See also: and, chocolate, make, vanilla, why

vanilla

1. slang Plain, uninteresting, unexciting, or unadventurous. A reference to vanilla being considered a plain or ordinary flavor. I've always thought guided tours were a pretty vanilla way to experience a new city. She just wants something vanilla to read while she's lounging on the beach.
2. slang Of, related to, or engaging in sexual activities that are considered conventional, unadventurous, or not particularly kinky or fetishistic. He's extremely hot, but he's pretty vanilla when it comes to sex. I've just never been into anything other than vanilla stuff in bed.
3. slang Of or related to computer or video game software that has not been modified, customized, or expanded upon with additional content. The vanilla web browser they released didn't even have the ability to open more than one tab at the same time—you had to download an extension for that! The developers promised that people playing the vanilla version of the game will able to compete just as well as those who have the DLC installed.
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vanilla

1. mod. plain; dull. (see also beige.) The entire production was sort of vanilla, but it was okay.
2. n. a Caucasian. Some vanilla’s on the phone—selling something, I guess.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

plain vanilla

Lacking embellishment or fancy features, unadorned; by extension, plain and simple. This item, dating from the second half of the 1900s, transfers the simplicity of a plain vanilla cake to other concerns, ranging from stock options to computer software, legal contracts, and so on. For example, “She bought the cheapest car she could find, a plain vanilla model.” See also less is more.
See also: plain, vanilla
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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For many years, Symrise has worked directly with vanilla farmers in northeastern Madagascar.
Ranary's fields lie on the verdant mist-wreathed slopes in northern Madagascar, where around two-thirds of the world's vanilla is grown.
Linares conducted a careful chemical analysis of the jugs and found that they had once contained olive oil (no surprise) and the chemical 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde, what we commonly know as vanilla (a total shock).
A 900ml tub of Sainsbury's own-label vanilla ice cream up has gone up from PS1.75 to PS2 and four strawberry and vanilla cones are up 10p to PS1.20.
A cyclone two years ago ravaged the crop in Madagascar - where 70 per cent of the world's vanilla beans are grown - and vines take up to three years to be harvested again.
Owner's story: Geraint said: "I first came across Vanilla as my friend found it in a shed clearout, just over two years ago.
"We were impressed by everyone on the team from Vanilla. Kieran ensured everyone, from Largo and Vanilla, was working together towards the go live and everyone we worked with from Vanilla was great - knowledgeable, patient and very helpful."
Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients and water alternately.
3 VANILLA extract also contains small traces of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.
The Totonacans succumbed to the rule of the Aztecs who adopted vanilla as their own.
OKLAHOMA CITY Braum's has resolved its vanilla shortage problem without interrupting sales, company spokeswoman Amanda Beuchaw said.<br />"We are no longer having an issue," Beuchaw said.
Hunter is a poet, and has known his boyfriend, "Vanilla," since second grade.
Climate change and an evolving global consumer market are threatening one of Mexico's heirloom agricultural products: the vanilla bean.