common as an old shoe

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(as) common as an old shoe

Lacking in manners or refinement. I can't believe he just put his elbows on the dinner table—why, he must be as common as an old shoe! Everyone thinks I'm common as an old shoe just because of the way I talk. Why on earth did you invite men who are common as an old shoe to such a fancy event?
See also: an, common, old, shoe
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*common as an old shoe

 and *common as dirt
low class; uncouth. (*Also: as ~.) That ill-mannered girl is just as common as an old shoe. Despite Mamie's efforts to appear to be upper class, most folks considered her common as dirt.
See also: an, common, old, shoe
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Tracie McMillan's article "As Common as Dirt," published in the September 2012 issue of The American Prospect, recently won the 2013 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the "Food, Policy and Environment" category for McMillan's reporting on the institutionalized wage theft and poor accountability that are ag industry norms.
Moved by himself and seconded by members Peter Clarke, Peter Coffin, Peter Elliott, Peter Fenty, Peter Hobbs, Peter Irish, Peter Inukpuk, Peter Monk, Peter Tovell, Peter Wall, Pierre Voyer and Louise Peters: "Whereas there are at this synod more Peters than any other name, such as Michaels and Davids, who are, as we all know, common as dirt, we declare this to be a day of commemoration of Saints Peter the Many and offer our condolences to those of you not so similarly blessed." (The house of bishops has long featured a spate of members named David or Michael.)
Even words as common as dirt may inexplicably get turned around.
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