the man on the Clapham omnibus


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the man/woman on the Clapham omnibus

  (British)
an imaginary person whose opinions and behaviour are thought to be typical of ordinary British people (usually singular) The man on the Clapham omnibus probably knows nothing about Rwanda.
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That would stop those who may represent the views of the man on the Clapham omnibus but does not represent the view of the man on the bus to Resolven or Tonypandy.
Mind you, ask the man on the Clapham omnibus who Workforce is and chances are he'll suggest some urban dance troupe off X Factor or a government initiative to get us all back into employment.
The trouble with listening to the man on the Clapham omnibus is that he is so often totally wrong about everything.
Trouble is, scientists don't have a spectacular success record when it comes to communicating the facts in a way which can be easily understood by the man on the Clapham omnibus.
Ambushing a gang of Congressmen and asking them if they have sinned may have them laughing their socks off in Chicago but it will barely raise a chuckle from the man on the Clapham Omnibus.
When it comes to setting videos and getting bread out of toasters, I am as confounded as the man on the Clapham omnibus might be.
THE man on the Clapham omnibus, even the one on his way to the Clapham betting shop, would surely have offered you long odds yesterday lunchtime against finding Gordon Brown, Bono and Toby Balding in the same room, even longer odds about that lofty triumvirate being joined by George Osborne and Simon Dow and the whole lot of them humming along to the show tunes of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
For it's not just the man on the Clapham omnibus who is again asking questions about the safety of his food.
Wherever he could, he unravelled the complexities so that everything was understandable to the lawyers' favourite individual: the man on the Clapham omnibus.