public enemy number one


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public enemy number one

A person or concept that is despised or disapproved of by a large portion of the population. The pharmaceutical executive became public enemy number one almost overnight with his decision to hike the price of an inexpensive but lifesaving drug. The newly elected prime minister has stated that the homelessness crisis would be considered public enemy number one under her administration.
See also: enemy, number, one, public

public enemy number one

1 a notorious wanted criminal. 2 a person or thing regarded as the greatest threat to a group or community.
2 1995 Independent So foods that pile on the pounds are seen as Public Enemy Number One.
See also: enemy, number, one, public

public ˌenemy number ˈone

a person or a thing that is thought to be the greatest threat to a group or community: Genetically modified foods have replaced nuclear power as public enemy number one.The gangster Kline became America’s public enemy number one during the Depression.
See also: enemy, number, one, public
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As a result, Ned is public enemy number one in the British Empire and a folk hero to the Australian underclass.
Chicago Crime Commission, Gangs: Public Enemy Number One (Chicago, IL, 1995).
In 1938, Public Enemy Number One and Public Enemies Numbers Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six, stole all together $130,000 by burglary and robbery; the amount stolen by Ivar Kreuger* was estimated at $250,000,000--nearly two thousand times as much.
Award-winning film authority Jack G Shaheen documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy Number One -- brutal, heartless, uncivilised "Others" bent on terrorising civilised westerners.
While methyl bromide has been placed in the position of public enemy number one by the radical environmental community, we have lost sight of the fact that this may truly be a silver bullet compound," excoriated Jim Culbertson, executive manager of the California Cherry Export Association.
The government of the new state - which was primarily populated by enlightened citizens who turned a blind eye to religious arguments against innoculation - made smallpox into public enemy number one.
So, in my garden at least, they are jointly Public Enemy Number One.
Ever since reading the book I've had this tape running in my head repeating to the rhythm of "Public, Public Enemy number one .
Accordingly, the Japanese regard anything that threatens their rice crop as Public Enemy Number One.
Gentry is correct to call the term Public Enemy Number One, coined by Hoover on June 22, 1934, for the John Dillinger case, a "stroke of public relations genius.
Attention Madison Avenue: public enemy number one - Mark Stevens - is not going away anytime soon.
There is another interesting case concerning public enemy number one,' Calida said during a Palace briefing as he enumerated the cases handled by his office.
1934: Movie-loving gangster John Dillinger (above) - Public Enemy Number One - was shot dead by federal agents outside the Biograph Cinema in Chicago.
Meanwhile, NCIS' public enemy number one is busy seducing a woman in an electronics store.
THERE are a surprisingly large number of people - most of them with Twitter accounts - who think it's just a coincidence that America's public enemy number one, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, happened to be the subject of sex allegations in Sweden.
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