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the grass roots

The ordinary people in a group, as opposed to the leaders. Why shouldn't ordinary people take action? The grass roots of our society have been able to bring about major changes in the past.
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the grass roots

COMMON The grass roots of an organization or movement are the ordinary people who form the main part of it, rather than its leaders. The revolution is actually coming from the grass roots and I think eventually the authorities will follow. This was a truly socialist party, ultimately controlled by its grass roots. Note: Grass-roots or grassroots can be used before a noun. The proposal is backed by grass-roots activists. The president won the election after a grassroots campaign. The leadership has become detached from what's going on at grassroots level.
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the ˌgrass ˈroots

the ordinary people in an organization, for example a political party or trade union, and not the officials: The leaders of this union are losing contact with their members. They need to get back in touch with the grass roots. ▶ ˌgrass-ˈroots adj.: a grass-roots movement
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grass roots

The fundamental level of anything; specifically, the rank and file of the electorate. Both usages date from about 1900, but the more common one today is the political one. Thus a candidate might concentrate on appealing to the grass roots of his or her constituency, or be said to be running a grass roots campaign.
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From the results of the in situ and laboratory water content shown in Table 3, it is observed that vetiver grass roots increased the average soil water content by about 11.63% in field.
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is our way of saying thank you by supporting projects and ideas that bring our communities together and make them better, more vibrant places to be.
Commenting on the tournaA[degrees]ment, Andrew Squires, general manager of Wattayah Motors, said, "On behalf of Volkswagen and Wattayah Motors, I would like to congratulate the Muscat Grass Roots and Muscat Football Academy teams on winning the Volkswagen Junior Masters Oman 2016 Tournament.
Commenting on the tournament, Andrew Squires, the General Manager of Wattayah Motors said: "On behalf of Volkswagen and Wattayah Motors I would like to congratulate the Muscat Grass Roots and Muscat Football Academy teams on winning the Volkswagen Junior Masters Oman 2016 Tournament.
Grass Roots Farmers Co-op sells its meats through its "Herds to Home" community-supported agriculture delivery service.
The Grass Roots: Describe the best goal you ever scored.
Last Saturday, a group of four musicians calling themselves the Grass Roots performed at the Seneca Niagara Casino for a local charity's fund-raising event.
Carsley said: "The Grass Roots Football Show is a highlight of the Midlands football calendar and I am delighted to be making my coaching debut at the show.
Europe's biggest grass roots football show is back at the NEC in Birmingham from the 25th -- 27th May and with a ground breaking partnership with The FA promises to be the biggest in the history of the event.
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The foundation is a partnership between the Premier League, the FA and Government which invests in grass roots sports facilities.
I ENDORSE four statements in your Behind the Headlines piece in last week's paper that rugby in Wales at grass roots level sadly is dying.
Well now you have the chance to do just that at this year's brmb Grass Roots Football Show
the world governing body for football, made a fervent appeal to member nations to embrace the essentials of grass roots and youth development to ensure a proper and structured sustenance of the sport at the global stage.
CONSTRUCTION building services firm Avoca Consulting Engineers has stepped in to safeguard the future of a local football team following cut backs to grass roots budgets.