join the great majority

join the great majority

1. To have or adopt the same opinion or position as most other people, groups, or things. Usually followed by "of" and then the group being specified. Ours is the only nation that has yet to join the great majority of developed countries standing in solidarity on the issue of climate change.
2. A humorous euphemism for death. I'll be playing a gig next Saturday, assuming of course I don't join the great majority between now and then. A: "I heard you were back in Cleveland last week." B: "Oh yeah, some distant relative joined the great majority. Had to show my face for the funeral."
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join the great majority

die. euphemistic
This expression was first used by the poet Edward Young ( 1683–1765 ): ‘Death joins us to the great majority’. However, the idea of the dead being ‘the majority’ is a very old one; it is found, for example, in the writings of the Roman satirist Petronius as abiit ad plures : ‘he's gone to join the majority’.
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November 5, 2012 (JUBA) - The death penalty debate in South Sudan has gone global, with a group of South Sudanese and human rights groups urging the young nation to join the great majority of United Nations members that have abolished the death penalty in either law or practice by placing a moratorium on all executions.
However, fully 65% of Independents join the great majority of Republicans in giving him negative rating.