Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

out of the ordinary

out of the ordinary
Meaning(s)
1) unusual or different
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    • nothing out of the ordinary
  • Analysis

    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.


  • Social Examples (Basic)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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