a man/woman of the people

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a man/woman of the people

A person who represents, understands, is in touch with, and is well liked by ordinary, everyday people. Often said of politicians or those who occupy positions of power, authority, or fame beyond that of the average person. The president was largely elected because she was seen as a woman of the people by voters. Now that she has taken office, her political mettle will truly be tested. The billionaire CEO has tried to remain a man of the people, spending his time working alongside entry-level employees and senior management alike.
See also: man, of, people, woman

a ˌman of the ˈpeople

(especially of a politician) a man who understands and is sympathetic to ordinary people: The main reason he was so popular was that despite being one of the most powerful men in the country, he was also a man of the people.
See also: man, of, people
References in classic literature ?
Yes, Planchet, and you may add an unfortunate prince, more unfortunate than the poorest man of the people lost in the worst quarter of Paris.
My fetters"--the book says--" were struck off on the banks of the stream, in the starlight of a calm night by an athletic, taciturn young man of the people, kneeling at my feet, while the woman like a liberating genius stood by with clasped hands.
Man of the people ONE of Harold Wilson's attributes, in my opinion, was that he was a man of the people.
UKIP'S pampered leader Nigel Farage has a PS60,000 chauffeur allowance - despite claiming to be a man of the people.
SIR - The rise of UKIP concerns me and I am sick of Nigel Farage pretending to be a man of the people.
The UKIP chief and self-styled man of the people suggested salaries should soar from PS67,000 to PS100,000.
RMT union leader Bob Crow, dead at 52, is being hailed as a shrewd man of the people.
Madiba was a man of the people but tragically his passing has been hijacked by unnecessary sideshows and controversies.
I HAVE joined the Sunday People's long-running and prestigious Man of the People fund to hand out vital cash to the most deserving charities.
DENNIS and ANGELA CASTLE I HAVE joined the Sunday People's long-running and prestigious Man of the People fund to hand out vital cash to the most deserving charities.
YOU have less than two weeks to get entries in for a share of our PS40,000 Man of the People fund.
As Tony Banks MP, he liked to be seen as a man of the people and a fighter against the establishment.
POPE Benedict is having difficulty emulating his predecessor's image as a man of the people.
Krumping derived from (no kidding) clowning at a kids' birthday party, championed by an ebullient man of the people who goes by the name Tommy the Clown.
If there ever has been a man of the people, then it certainly was Bill Beltz.