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 a heretofore inexpensive but lifesaving drug by nearly 5,000%. 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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