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the man/woman on the Clapham omnibus

A person imagined as representative of an ordinary or typical British person and their opinions, values, and habits. Primarily heard in UK. Downing Street is always trying to gauge the position of the man on the Clapham omnibus.
See also: Clapham, man, omnibus, on, woman

the man on the Clapham omnibus

When people talk about the man on the Clapham omnibus, they mean ordinary, average people. The wealthy and powerful never liked the man on the Clapham omnibus knowing about their lives. Note: Clapham is an area of London, and `omnibus' is an old-fashioned word for bus.
See also: Clapham, man, omnibus, on

the man on the Clapham omnibus

the average man, especially with regard to his opinions. British
This expression is attributed to the English judge Lord Bowen ( 1835–94 ), who used it as a metaphor for any ordinary reasonable person—such as a juror is expected to be. Clapham is a district in south London.
See also: Clapham, man, omnibus, on
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When he entered the omnibus, there seemed to Penelope, who found herself constantly watching him closely, a certain added gravity in his demeanor.
The yellow omnibus crawled up the northern roads for what seemed like hours on end; the great detective would not explain further, and perhaps his assistants felt a silent and growing doubt of his errand.
Crisparkle repaired, awaiting the arrival of a short, squat omnibus, with a disproportionate heap of luggage on the roof--like a little Elephant with infinitely too much Castle--which was then the daily service between Cloisterham and external mankind.
Miss Twinkleton estimated the distance to the omnibus at five-and-twenty minutes' walk, when it was really five.
On a west-bound omnibus Claire Fenwick sat and raged silently in the June sunshine.
Not if they were ever so," said Mrs Verloc, with the equanimity of a person untroubled by the problem of the distribution of wealth, and exploring the perspective of the roadway for an omnibus of the right colour.
Senate Appropriations chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) have directed their staffs to work on an omnibus package.
The other day I was reading that magazine that is supplied for free on the omnibus.
To help achieve compliance under the Omnibus Rule, Cintas offers these tips:
If the project is successful - People's Omnibus claims to try launching similar project for other countries as well.
Anybody looking for a detailed statistical compendium showing how many omnibus bills were introduced and passed in the Canadian Parliament and in provincial legislatures would search in vain.
The new Omnibus Model is tailored to the particular requirements of our large UK clearing member base.
July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global market research firm ORC International announces the addition of two new online samples to its suite of CARAVAN omnibus surveys.
The omnibus, featuring Albert Square faves such as Dot Cotton and Phil Mitchell, will now air late on Friday nights on BBC1 and run into the early hours.
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