at the grass roots

at the grass roots

At the level of the ordinary people in a group, as opposed to the leaders. Why shouldn't ordinary people take action? Our society has a history of bringing about major changes by starting at the grass roots.
See also: grass, root

at the grass roots

at the level of the ordinary voter; among the rank and file of a political party.
See also: grass, root
References in classic literature ?
At the base of the "V," by the water's edge, he had found the gold colors at the grass roots.
Liberal Democrats chairman Mark Oaten said: "These figures give the lie to talk of a Conservative revival at the grass roots level.
On the other hand, I do not see enough going on at the grass roots level to convince me that things will be changing very much, very fast, very soon.