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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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But it wasn't a business to begin with, it is a business that has grown out of what that grass-roots game gave us, which is why that grass-roots game has to be protected.
We want to build the game up from the grass-roots and that's why better facilities at the public parks are so important.
With cutbacks to grass-roots football budgets, many youth teams are left to survive on their own by internal fundraising.
WRU chairman, David Pickering, added: "The Welsh Rugby Union is committed to ensuring the grass-roots game is protected and developed.
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham is said to be concerned England's chances of hosting the 2018 World Cup are being damaged by the Premiership's failure to support grass-roots football.
"Continuing our grass-roots efforts in 2008 is imperative -- we know the critical issues that we face, we have a united voice, so let's keep speaking.
Scholars from China, India, and the US who have closely studied the grass-roots political experience in the two countries from an interdisciplinary perspective examine the process of democratization, especially the trend of expanding demands for participation and complex power structures interjecting them.
Section 220, known as the "grass-roots lobbying" provision of Senate ethics reform bill (S.
On election night, he emphasized the key role played by those grass-roots supporters, who he said disagreed on many issues but who shared dissatisfaction with "broken" civic life, fractured communities, the plight of the poor and working poor, and "government by gimmick and sound bite." Holding today's swearing-in ceremony outdoors instead of in legislative chambers was a symbolic nod to that same broad base of grass-roots support.
Niello is also one of several legislators who have engaged in grass-roots activities to fight financial illiteracy.
That's why I like San Francisco, because it's a grass-roots town.
But New Jersey's agents are not unique in their activism; independent agents in a number of other states have mounted similarly successful grass-roots efforts to push for everything from tort reform and insurance regulation overhaul, to election of favored candidates for judicial posts.
A panel of experienced grass-roots organizers will join the NLC Board of Directors later this week for a discussion about how to build an effective field operation to achieve lobbying goals.
Spurred by the leadership of Kyle Winton, WWF's new executive director, the group recently mapped out a plan to focus on grass-roots education in the community.
We are an interesting group -- grass-roots to corporate," said John Doswell, the chairman of the FOHP, who added that, in his view, "we are making progress."