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the silent majority

A majority of people who hold a certain opinion but do not state it publicly. Although the polls suggested the newcomer would be defeated in the election, the silent majority apparently wanted her in office.
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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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the silent majority

The silent majority in a country or a group are the large group of people who do not express their opinions publicly. If he talks about a silent majority in favour of this, I think he is mistaken. His consistently poor judgment is a source of deep concern to the silent majority of party members.
See also: majority, silent

the silent majority

the majority of people, regarded as holding moderate opinions but rarely expressing them.
This phrase was first particularly associated with the US President Richard Nixon , who claimed in his 1968 presidential election campaign to speak for this segment of society.
1998 Spectator Independent-thinking columnists claimed a silent majority loathed Di mania and maybe they were right.
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the ˌsilent maˈjority

the large number of people in a country who think the same as each other, but do not express their views publicly: The government is appealing to the silent majority to support its foreign policy.The US President, Richard Nixon, used this phrase during the Vietnam War.
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Fortunately, The Great Silent Majority has now provided an accessible analysis of the rhetoric that created that narrative.
The numbers of Islamists as well as the revolutionaries are known; the real crowd that is on the streets today is the silent majority that has decided to break its silence for a few days.
Because the silent majority are, if anything, surprised it has taken so long.
EgyConstitution : The Silent Majority is back For real It is like the silent majority is back to its silence.
Maybe this is a case of the silent majority not voicing their opinion on the matter as I have met very few people in favour of restoring the pier and believe it mainly driven by the grandiose ambitions of a few, including some councillors.
There is, in fact, a silent majority of American Jews who reject the idea that they are "in exile" in America.
But we have to admit that many Egyptians, often called the silent majority, seem to be undecided or are sticking to the tradition of deciding at the last minute.
I think I have a great chance to win in the election because I have a wide popularity among the silent majority in this country who want stability and security to be restored," he said.
In an interview on the programme "Meet the Minister," that was broadcast on Libya's state television, Mr El-Keeb said: "It is up to the silent majority to protect the institutions of the state, to fight chaos, to say no to those who usurp state property and territory, to reject non-state institutions," he said.
He said the Tunisian people, particularly the silent majority, is alone capable today to put an end to the conspiracies being hatched against their Revolution and working to abort it.
The key, he said, "is the silent majority of Egyptians.
The silent majority hates [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad," Kowsar tells Michael Cavna of The Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog.
In Northern Ireland it has been the week when the silent majority stood up to be heard.
Congresswoman Diana Degette believes that the Silent Majority today is made up of people who believe in scientific research on reproductive issues and the use of stem cells in searching for cures for conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes.
Yes indeed, that old Silent Majority has been staying silent while still attending their parishes.