the man in the street
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man in the street
An average person. Just interview a man in the street so we can hear public sentiment about the new law.
the man in the streetor
the man on the street
COMMON When people talk about the man in the street or the man on the street, they mean ordinary, average people. If you asked the average man in the street to name just one geological structure, he would probably say: the San Andreas Fault. It was the man on the street who suffered as the value of his currency fell. Note: Words such as woman and person are sometimes used instead of man. It was described in terms that the ordinary man and woman in the street could understand. The information must be presented in a way that ordinary people in the street can understand.
the man in (or on) the streetan ordinary person, usually with regard to their opinions, or as distinct from an expert.
A specifically British variation of this expression is the man on the Clapham omnibus (see below).