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Joe Schmoe

An average person, especially a man and typically of the working class. Sometimes spelled "Joe Schmo," "Shmoe," and "Shmo." My brother's just your typical guy, a real Joe Schmoe—you can find him watching a sporting event in a bar after work pretty much any night of the week. If we let Joe Shmo decide the policies in our country, we'd still be stuck in the 1800s.
See also: joe, Schmoe
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Joe Schmoe


Joe Six-Pack

People say Joe Schmoe or Joe Six-Pack to refer to an ordinary, average person. The networks are looking for something they can sell to Joe Schmoe who lives in a caravan in Alabama. The most crucial factor will be the attitude of Joe Six-Pack, the ordinary American consumer.
See also: joe, Schmoe
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


and shmo and shmoe and schmoe (ʃmo)
n. a foolish and naive person, usually a male. (see also Joe Schmo.) What a schmo! He thinks I caused the problem.


See schmo
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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