common-or-garden

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Etymology[edit]

An extension of the practice of naming domestic – and therefore non-exotic – plants as common or garden, such as common lavender/garden lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

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common-or-garden ‎(not comparable)

  1. (chiefly British) ordinary, standard.
    It's just a common-or-garden fridge but it works fine.
    • 1939, Fred Rodell, Woe to You Lawyers, Form #11.402, page 74:
      It is to do away entirely with both the magicians and their magic and run our civilization according to practical and comprehensible rules, dedicated to non-legal justice, to common-or-garden fairness that the ordinary man can understand, in the regulation of human affairs.
    • 2010, Martin Cohen, Philosophy For Dummies, ISBN 0470664622, page 354:
      Comparing Quantum Mechanics to Common-or-Garden Mechanics.
    • 2012, Wilson Harris, Black Marsden, ISBN 0571297501:
      For what was objective existence in the long run but a series of common-or-garden situations?

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