the man on the Clapham omnibus

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the man/woman on the Clapham omnibus

A person imagined as representative of an ordinary or typical British person and their opinions, values, and habits. Primarily heard in UK. Downing Street is always trying to gauge the position of the man on the Clapham omnibus.
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the man on the Clapham omnibus

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When people talk about the man on the Clapham omnibus, they mean ordinary, average people. The wealthy and powerful never liked the man on the Clapham omnibus knowing about their lives. Note: Clapham is an area of London, and `omnibus' is an old-fashioned word for bus.
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the man on the Clapham omnibus

the average man, especially with regard to his opinions. British
This expression is attributed to the English judge Lord Bowen ( 1835–94 ), who used it as a metaphor for any ordinary reasonable person—such as a juror is expected to be. Clapham is a district in south London.
See also: Clapham, man, omnibus, on
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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.
Apart from the fact that they were jumpers, there are not many Flat horses whom the man on the Clapham omnibus would remember.