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join the majority

euphemism To die. A: "I heard there was a death in your family." B: "Oh yeah, some distant relative joined the majority."
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the silent majority

the large numbers of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly What does the silent majority expect from a new Labour government?
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silent majority

A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
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He decided he had to figure out how to make majorities.
Moreover Gruenfeld, associate professor of organizational behavior, also found that close majorities tend to be more open minded in their reasoning than majorities holding a larger balance of power.
At the same time, the dominance of "small-I liberalism" has meant that, even when Brian Mulroney won two massive majorities in 1984 and 1988, there was not the slightest attempt to enact small-c conservative policies.
Gore was no momentary lapse of judgment by five conservative justices, but the logical culmination of their long drive to define an extra-constitutional natural law enshrining the rights of white electoral majorities, like the one that brought George W Bush the White House.
The re-election of five African-American members of Congress, in districts recently redrawn to eliminate African-American voting majorities, has sharpened the debate on a crucial legal and political question: Is it still necessary to gerrymander legislative districts along racial lines to ensure minority representation?
Each will now have Republican majorities in both legislative chambers, after GOP takeovers in the Wisconsin Assembly and the Michigan House.
How can they fail to see that Oliver Wendell Holmes' declaration is all too true: "The history of most countries has been that of majorities--mounted majorities, clad in iron, and armed with death.