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.
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man in the street

Fig. the ordinary person. Politicians rarely care what the man in the street thinks. The man in the street has little interest in literature.
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man in the street

Also, woman in the street. An ordinary, average person, as in It will be interesting to see how the man in the street will answer that question. This expression came into use in the early 1800s when the votes of ordinary citizens began to influence public affairs. Today it is used especially in the news media, where reporters seek out the views of bystanders at noteworthy events, and by pollsters who try to predict the outcome of elections.
See also: man, street
References in classic literature ?
The young woman in the street replied by a single tap, and the shutter was opened a little way.