out-of-the-ordinary love



from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. unusual or striking.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • But money can be an effective reward when the sum received or the type of work is out-of-the-ordinary for participants.

    Matt Wilson: What Motivates Volunteers?

  • I kinda realized that something was definitely out-of-the-ordinary here.

    Binky Philips: Pete Townshend Meets My Mom and Dad at the Fillmore East

  • Since my Mexican family is jokingly self-described as gitanos – gypsies – although based in northern Sinaloa state, it seems as if they have never really developed any particularly special traditional seasonal delicacies/dishes, so I've seen anything from roast turkey (not stuffed, though) to hams, to fresh hams, all other sorts of special out-of-the-ordinary dishes and, of course, often mi suegra la abuelita's – my mother-in-law, grandmother's – special posole or menudo.

    OK! Now that I know . . . . . .

  • It emphasizes that sudden, out-of-the-ordinary levels of exertion in the otherwise sedentary person may be associated with heart attack.

    Out of shape? Intense exercise, sex may raise heart risk

  • Unless things have changed drastically in recent years, the norm is 10% on restaurant bills (and many choose to calculate this on the pre-tax total) and nothing for regular taxi drivers unless they perform some out-of-the-ordinary service.


  • Fay saw an engaging, caring man, leading an out-of-the-ordinary life which promised some excitement to whomever he chose to share it with.

    Fay, a woman of substance

  • From the grand causes of his adolescence – principally, fighting to change the face of rock and roll and, hilariously, struggling to lose his virginity – up through a fleeting encounter with George Bush (the first) in Kiev, to enrollment in a Chicago ESL class and the glorious adventures of minimum-wage living, Pronek’s experiences are at once touchingly familiar and bracingly out-of-the-ordinary.

    Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon: Book summary

  • Erin Kunkel for The Wall Street Journal The Castro Theatre features vintage and experimental films and often puts on out-of-the-ordinary film festivals.

    In San Francisco's Peaks and Valleys

  • It's an out-of-the-ordinary decision for Sam and Wilma McNabb, who rarely miss any of their son's games.

    A rare missed game for Donovan McNabb's parents

  • Sleeping in a small hut on the ridge in the Mali bushlands on a visit to mine sites in West Africa rates as one of Brendan Fitzpatrick's more adventurous research expeditions of 2010, but it's hardly an out-of-the-ordinary an experience for him.

    Australia; Basic Resources


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