white-bread (wītbrĕd, hwīt-)
Blandly conventional, especially when considered as typical of white middle-class America: "The proven ability of blacks to appeal to mainstream America ... shattered forever the mythology that only white-bread 'mainstream' culture could sell" (Joel Kotkin).
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