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Kind and down-to-earth. They live in a huge mansion, so I really doubt they're just folks, even though they'd like us to believe that they are.
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Friendly, unpretentious. For example, Politicians meeting the public like to pretend they are just folks, but that's not always true . [First half of 1900s]
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Ordinary people; unpretentious, down-to-earth individuals. This term has been around since about 1900. Zona Gale used it in Friendship Village (1908): “I see ’em all comin’ from the funeral . . . neighbors an’ friends an’ just folks.” See also man in the street.
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