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join the majority
euphemism To die. A: "I heard there was a death in your family." B: "Oh yeah, some distant relative joined the majority."
the silent majority
A majority of people who hold a certain opinion but do not state it publicly. Although the polls suggested the newcomer would be defeated in the election, the silent majority apparently wanted her in office.
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."
A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
the silent majority
The silent majority in a country or a group are the large group of people who do not express their opinions publicly. If he talks about a silent majority in favour of this, I think he is mistaken. His consistently poor judgment is a source of deep concern to the silent majority of party members.
join the great majoritydie. 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’.
the silent majoritythe majority of people, regarded as holding moderate opinions but rarely expressing them.
This phrase was first particularly associated with the US President Richard Nixon , who claimed in his 1968 presidential election campaign to speak for this segment of society.
1998 Spectator Independent-thinking columnists claimed a silent majority loathed Di mania and maybe they were right.