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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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Harmison - whose brother Ben is a cricketer too - points to the Euros as proof football would be foolish to turn its back on the grassroots.
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In Friday's statement, Fleming said that maintaining independence was "necessary for the credibility of the growing Texas grassroots movement, and as we move into the next election cycle, we do not want our endorsements and positions to be viewed as anything other than our own independent decisions, based on conservative, limited government principles."
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IFA, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines won top honors during the Public Affairs Council's National Grassroots Conference for their unique grassroots innovations.
The retired draftsman said: "The book will bring back a lot of memories to the thousands of grassroots footballers who enjoyed the game on local parks.
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But anyone who wants their grassroots hero to be in with a chance of winning must vote quickly, as nominations close on Monday.
And it says it all about the man who has given 44 years of his life to the grassroots game up north that King Kenny couldn't decide which made him more proud.
Keywords Terrorist organization * Life cycle * Grassroots support * Conflict * Demise * Cyclical * Defence
Drawing on interviews with grassroots Liberal Party activists across Canada, Koop, a professor of political science, examines the connections and divides between the national party apparatus and local Liberal organizations across the provinces.
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