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the great and the good

The important people in a society. We must consider not only the great and the good, but all members of our nation.
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the great and the good

The great and the good are the most important and powerful people in a society. He socialized freely with the great and the good. He sent an email to the great and the good of the architecture world.
See also: and, good, great
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the great and the good

distinguished and worthy people collectively. often ironic
1998 New Scientist But last year, an ad hoc committee of the Internet's great and good unveiled its own plan.
See also: and, good, great
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