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the unwashed masses

The broader general public, especially those of the lower and lower-middle classes. The film didn't cause too great a stir with the unwashed masses, but it has been considered a milestone in cinematic achievement among film critics. The world of the super-rich is one that we among the unwashed masses can't even begin to understand.
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the great unwashed

The general public, especially those of the lower and lower-middle classes. The film didn't cause too great a stir with the great unwashed, but it has been considered a milestone in cinematic achievement among film critics and scholars. The world of the super rich is one that we among the great unwashed can't even begin to understand.
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the great unwashed

Fig. the general public; the lower middle class. The Simpsons had a tall iron fence around their mansion—put there to discourage the great unwashed from wandering up to the door by mistake, I suppose. Maw says the great unwashed don't know enough to come in out of the rain.
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the great unwashed

People use the great unwashed to mean poor or ordinary people. A man quickly led the Queen's husband away from the great unwashed. Note: This expression is used humorously.
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the (great) unwashed

the mass or multitude of ordinary people. derogatory
1997 Spectator Early piers tried to be rather socially exclusive, but the need to maintain revenue soon opened the gates to the great unwashed.
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the great unwashed

n. most of the common people; the hoi polloi. I usually find myself more in agreement with the great unwashed than with the elite.
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Great Unwashed

A disparaging term for the common man. The phrase first appeared in an 1830 novel, Paul Clifford, by the British novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton: “He is certainly a man who bathes and ‘lives cleanly,' (two especial charges preferred against him by Messrs. the Great Unwashed).” Among other cynics (although they would call themselves realists) who used the phrase was H. L. Mencken, who also referred to the majority of Americans as the “booboisie.”
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HuBA was prepared from washed and unwashed HuB at the indicated 3-5% final HuB concentrations using blood agar base No.
There's no excuse to send your child to school first thing on a Monday unwashed and in a dirty uniform.
However, we English great unwashed badly need a leader to give us some representation and protection.
Total quantity or scope: various sorts, unwashed beach sand, sand washing in the quantities specified in the specifications.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Over four fifths said that they seen pupils turning up to school in inappropriate clothing, with similar proportions saying children had clothes that were unwashed, or damaged and frayed.
Over four fifths said that they seen pupils turning up to school in inappropriate clothing, with similar amount saying children had clothes that were unwashed, or damaged and frayed.
While >80% of the householders reported sleeping under PermaNet, unwashed OlysetNet or untreated nets every night, nightly usage was less common for washed OlysetNet at both Kindele (43.
a bully, and her sweat, unwashed for days, was enough to make the eyes
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The tax-avoiding, gong-seeking fraternity get to keep more and the great unwashed get to keep the status quo.
So, to protect the unwashed masses against their own ignorance, the "privilege" of selecting their own appellate judges was stripped away.
s Coal Import Group has floated a global notice inviting tender for procurement of 500,000 metric tons (mt) of imported freshly mined prime quality washed or unwashed hard coking coal.
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