a voice in the wilderness


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(lone) voice in the wilderness

One who expresses an unpopular opinion or idea. She felt like a voice in the wilderness as she tried to warn others about the impending economic collapse. He was a lone voice in the wilderness as he tried to expose the vast corruption within the organization.
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a voice in the wilderness

an unheeded advocate of reform.
The phrase was originally used with reference to the words of John the Baptist, who proclaimed the coming of the Messiah: ‘I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness’ (John 1:23).
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a voice (crying) in the ˈwilderness

a warning of a danger given by a person or small group which most people do not pay any attention to: A few scientists in the early 1980s were warning of the dangers of AIDS but nobody took them seriously. They were just a voice in the wilderness.This comes from a description of John the Baptist in the Bible.
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I'M by no means a voice in the wilderness saying Gordon Brown is arguably the worst ever prime minister, and his partner in crime, Chancellor Darling, is as ineffectual as Brown in his 10-year tenure mismanaging the country's finances.
One of the most common sense speakers at Westminster is Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, but he is a voice in the wilderness.
A mind-expanding and highly contemplative reflection upon the multifaceted dimensions of life, A Voice in the Wilderness draws the reader in with its succinctly worded insights into the foibles and paradoxes of daily life.