the grass roots

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the grass roots

The ordinary people in a group, as opposed to the leaders. Why shouldn't ordinary people take action? The grass roots of our society have been able to bring about major changes in the past.
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the grass roots

COMMON The grass roots of an organization or movement are the ordinary people who form the main part of it, rather than its leaders. The revolution is actually coming from the grass roots and I think eventually the authorities will follow. This was a truly socialist party, ultimately controlled by its grass roots. Note: Grass-roots or grassroots can be used before a noun. The proposal is backed by grass-roots activists. The president won the election after a grassroots campaign. The leadership has become detached from what's going on at grassroots level.
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the ˌgrass ˈroots

the ordinary people in an organization, for example a political party or trade union, and not the officials: The leaders of this union are losing contact with their members. They need to get back in touch with the grass roots. ▶ ˌgrass-ˈroots adj.: a grass-roots movement
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1. n. the common people, especially rural people. We really haven’t heard anything from the grassroots yet.
2. mod. having to do with or originating with the common people. A grassroots movement pushed Senator Del Monte toward the nomination.
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She's a-coming, fellows, gold from the grass roots down, a hundred dollars to the pan, and a stampede in from the Outside fifty thousand strong.
At the base of the "V," by the water's edge, he had found the gold colors at the grass roots.
Blackhawk acquired the Grass Roots Group for approximately GBP 90m (USD 118m) in cash, using a combination of cash-on-hand and borrowings under an existing revolving credit facility.
The Grass Roots Group connects brands and people through services such as experience and insight, motivation, rewards, benefits, promotions and meetings and events.
That said, I shop farmers markets because the food is often superior to grocery store offerings, and I admire those who seek to put their ideals into practice, like the Arkansas farmers who've formed the Grass Roots Farmers Cooperative.
5% of that money lters its way down into the grass roots game.
Tickets for the Grass Roots Football Show cost pounds 12 (adults) and pounds 6 (under-16s).
Joanna Burns, Director of The Grass Roots Football Show, said; "2012 promises to be the biggest and best Grass Roots Football Show ever.
One of the highlights of Britain's biggest grass roots football event is always the chance to play against the Grass Roots All Stars.
I'm going to be hands-on as well, working in the grass roots.
NGOs emerge to fill the gaps in civil society left by the disconnect between the State/Government and the grass roots.
But after being made redundant from a shop assistant job at 19 she went to the Grass Roots City Centre Youth Project in Charles Street, Cardiff.
I was glad to see your article about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ["Growing the Grass Roots," July 19] because I firmly believe it saved our lives at Camp Sister Spirit in Ovett, Miss.
If we let democracy really come from the grass roots of Iraq, then we know it'll work.
It was the grass roots who chose him and it's the grass roots who are disgusted, because we have had no choice in this.
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