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Tom, Dick, and Harry

Common, undistinguished people; any manner of person, indiscriminately. (Usually in the form "every Tom, Dick, and Harry.") You don't want Tom, Dick, and Harry coming to your performance, but then you don't want to limit the amount of business you might bring in, either. Kate's being very selective as to who gets invited to the wedding, as she doesn't want Tom, Dick, and Harry to end up coming.
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(every) Tom, Dick, and Harry

 and any Tom, Dick, and Harry
Fig. everyone, without discrimination; ordinary people. (Not necessarily males.) The golf club is very exclusive. They don't let any Tom, Dick, or Harry join. Mary's sending out very few invitations. She doesn't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry turning up.
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Tom, Dick, and Harry

used to refer to ordinary people in general.
This expression is first recorded in an 18th-century song: ‘Farewell, Tom, Dick, and Harry. Farewell, Moll, Nell, and Sue’. It is generally used in mildly derogatory contexts (he didn't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry knowing their business ) to suggest a large number of ordinary or undistinguished people.
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Seems like any Tom, Dick or Harry can succeed at the top.
Now here is no monopoly, any Tom, Dick or Harry can set up a postal business, though our hard-pressed Post Office is responsible at the point of delivery.
MANY single parents are teenage girls who have babies, sometimes by any Tom, Dick or Harry.
You'd have thought that an air show would be able to deal with a little twin-engine aircraft, but then I can see that they can't just have any old Tom, Dick or Harry taking up the airspace with fighter jets darting all over the place.
He said: "I'm not asking you to vote for a Conservative Party led by Tom, Dick or Harry, but a Conservative Party led by me.
It looked like new 'right to roam' legislation would have allowed any Tom, Dick or Harry to wander into the music festival without paying for a ticket.
What messages are being given to the students whereby they may nominate any Tom, Dick or Harry for such a prestigious position?