out of the ordinary


1. unusual or different






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nothing out of the ordinary

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Something which is ‘out of the ordinary’ is strange, different, surprising or unexpected. This idiomatic expression can have a positive or negative connotation and is used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. The police looked for clues in the suspect's apartment but found nothing out of the ordinary there.
  2. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary about Peter that day. You never would have guessed that he had just lost his job.

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  1. Discipline at the company was very poor. It was not out of the ordinary to see staff sat having a chat even during the busiest time of the day.
  2. This kind of drop in market share is highly out of the ordinary, we need to identify the reasons immediately.

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