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
References in classic literature ?
If the aristocrat is only valid in fashionable circles and not with truckmen, he will never be a leader in fashion; and if the man of the people cannot speak on equal terms with the gentleman, so that the gentleman shall perceive that he is already really of his own order, he is not to be feared.
Here is a man who was the world's first revolutionist, the true founder of the Socialist movement; a man whose whole being was one flame of hatred for wealth, and all that wealth stands for,--for the pride of wealth, and the luxury of wealth, and the tyranny of wealth; who was himself a beggar and a tramp, a man of the people, an associate of saloon-keepers and women of the town; who again and again, in the most explicit language, denounced wealth and the holding of wealth: 'Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
People who exercise a little brief authority have never given a serious thought to the consequences that must follow an act of injustice done to a man of the people.
A man of the people READING your article regarding Harold Wilson brought back memories of when he came to the Longwood Sing centenary in 1973.
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.
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.
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.