a man/woman of the people

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a man/woman of the people

A person who represents, understands, is in touch with, and is well liked by ordinary, everyday people. Often said of politicians or those who occupy positions of power, authority, or fame beyond that of the average person. The president was largely elected because she was seen as a woman of the people by voters. Now that she has taken office, her political mettle will truly be tested. The billionaire CEO has tried to remain a man of the people, spending his time working alongside entry-level employees and senior management alike.
See also: man, of, people, woman
References in classic literature ?
I have heard a woman say once, a woman of the people - do you hear me, Dona Rita?
From politics to telly, Elaine's a woman of the people.
But the star, whose reputation has been built on being the warm, cosy Woman Of The People, said curtly "Sorry luv, I'm not working today.
The hallmarks of his style-intense colors, oval faces with hollow eyes-are seen in ``Young Woman of the people, left, and ``Servant Girl,'' above, both from 1918.
And Val, a woman of the people, would have been the first to pull it down.
But fellow Lib-Dem Jack Colbert said: "In 2003, she took a seat that had been Labour held for 20 years and proved herself to be true a woman of the people.