John Doe


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John Doe

A man whose identity is unknown or being protected, as in legal proceedings. The victim is a John Doe—the paramedics didn't find any identification on him. The case was brought with a John Doe, so we don't know the true identity of the man suing us.
See also: doe, john

John Doe

1. Also, John Q. Public; Joe Blow; Joe Doakes; Joe Zilch. An average undistinguished man; also, the average citizen. For example, This television show is just right for a John Doe, or It's up to John Q. Public to go to the polls and vote. Originally used from the 13th century on legal documents as an alias to protect a witness, John Doe acquired the sense of "ordinary person" in the 1800s. The variants date from the 1900s. Also see Joe six-pack.
2. Also, Jane Doe. An unknown individual, as in The police found a John Doe lying on the street last night, or The judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the perpetrators, Jane Doe no. 1 and Jane Doe no. 2 . [Second half of 1900s]
See also: doe, john

John Doe

and Jane Doe (ˈdʒɑn ˈdo)
n. a name used for a person whose real name is unknown. The tag on the corpse said Jane Doe, since no one had identified her. John Doe was the name at the bottom of the check.
See also: doe, john
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Assuming that they can move forward with their challenge, both they and Coinbase will seek to demonstrate to the court that the John Doe summons is unenforceable.
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This assonance is less fully realized in the first name, John Doe, giving it the appearance of a slightly less arbitrary origin than the two following, and perhaps of some original discrete status.
If the IP address leads to a proxy server, the chances of tracking down John Doe are low.
The words "from" or "after" should precede the full John Doe citation in the figure caption.
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ACES: From left: Kim Rogers, John Doe, Teresa Watkins and Ken Jones
a consistent nationwide standard for John Doe subpoenas will ensure
Directed by Frank Capra, Meet John Doe tells of a savvy female reporter who writes a column about an imaginary political idealist: the eponymous Doe.
The two, named only as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, are suing 20th Century Fox and One America Productions for fraud, breach of contract, invasion of privacy and emotional distress.
A JOHN Doe dates from the reign of England's King Edward III (1312-1377).
Assuming John Doe always responds to rhinovirus number 3 by developing an MS attack, we might be able to tailor an immunization to rhinovirus number 3 just for him.
According to the indictment, Hey instructed subordinates at Wal-Mart to fake vehicle travel vouchers for trips that weren't taken, pay John Doe's personal expenses, fabricate expenses for trade shows and Wal-Mart meetings, and obtain "large quantities" of Wal-Mart gift cards for John Doe.