American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Common; unremarkable: situation comedies and other garden-variety television fare.
- adj. alternative spelling of garden variety.
“The lawsuits, which were recently combined before a single federal judge in Miami, allege that the HMOs engage in what Scruggs calls "garden-variety consumer fraud.”
“The petunias and begonias that shoppers see in big-box retailers every spring may look garden-variety to untrained eyes, but they are special breeds that survive a grueling gantlet of field tests and focus groups to weed out their less hardy or floriferous brethren.”
“The woman said Congress lacked authority to punish her for the chemical assaults, because they amounted to garden-variety crimes normally punished by states.”
“Your garden-variety video ad is typically just a TV commercial distributed on the web, which we've all learned to ignore.”
“Besides, plain vanilla, garden-variety pedagogy is your best prostitution value.”
“When the Newark riot broke out, I watched the news on a kitchen TV with my co-workers, most of them either garden-variety potheads or revolutionary wannabes.”
“That bunch of suburban girls in that garden-variety summer camp created an outpouring of thrill and joy that I have never forgotten.”
“Analytical work on historical banking disasters by Harvard's Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff shows that post-collapse growth tends to be far slower than in the wake of common or garden-variety business-cycle recessions.”
“X-Lautrec and his fellow Surrealist poets say they are the most neglected minority in Boston, which officially recognizes both garden-variety ethnic and racial groups in its anti-discrimination laws as well as others, such as Eskimos and Aleutian Islanders, whose members within city limits rarely break into double figures.”
“Bill Brady is not your garden-variety downstate conservative.”
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