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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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grassroots

1. n. the common people, especially rural people. We really haven’t heard anything from the grassroots yet.
2. mod. having to do with or originating with the common people. A grassroots movement pushed Senator Del Monte toward the nomination.
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This paper aims to address this by developing a theoretical explanation for the life cycle of terrorist organizations that is centered on competition for grassroots or popular support between the terrorist organization and the government.
Tim is one of more than 20,000 qualified football coaches created through the partnership between The FA and McDonald's to help improve standards in the grassroots game and beyond, and recently won the prestigious Coach of the Year Award at the FA Community Awards for his dedication to grassroots football coaching.
In the same manner that he approaches grassroots advocacy, Bonnstetter has been effective because of the exponential impact he makes by involving those around him.
Ecker will be charged with taking the association's successful grassroots outreach to new heights, they say.
Sports spokesman Don Foster said: "While diverting some money from grassroots sports to the Olympics may be justified, the extent of the lottery raid is staggering.
The League's growing legion of online activists, the Grassroots Lobby Corps, continue to send thousands of personal e-mail messages and make phone calls to Congress on our important legislative issues.
Our long-time members and Chapter and Department leaders have a vital role to play as mentors who can inspire newer members to become active and stay active in our service, volunteer and grassroots advocacy programs.
Unfortunately, it seems that the corporate effort may be surpassing that of the grassroots movement across the nation.
Because they were determined to make sure that their money reached grassroots organizations, Diaspora Flow was soon in contact with such groups in Sri Lanka.
A grassroots lobbying program offers an outlet for this interest and a way to help the association at the same time.
Side by side with this one WCRP example of how international interreligious organizations have developed as part of the growing INGO trend globally, often reflecting the power dynamics within the international community with all of its unexamined nation-state imbalances, it is important historically to mention the parallel and on-going development of a variety of grassroots organizations that often tried to side-step the nation-state structures.
WHEREAS the successful efforts to return legal protection to vulnerable innocent people is more visible and effective than ever, thanks to grassroots pro-lifers who refuse to remain silent in the face of injustice and cruelty; and
With a small number of people determining the winner, the caucuses require grassroots organizing and face time with candidates.
Lackey is a former professional ballet dancer turned grassroots activist, while Monteagudo is a practising psychiatrist who grew up in poverty.
the summit was attended by representatives from numerous grassroots activist groups.
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