the great unwashed


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the great unwashed

The general public, especially those of the lower and lower-middle classes. The film didn't cause too great a stir with the great unwashed, but it has been considered a milestone in cinematic achievement among film critics and scholars. The world of the super rich is one that we among the great unwashed can't even begin to understand.
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the great unwashed

Fig. the general public; the lower middle class. The Simpsons had a tall iron fence around their mansion—put there to discourage the great unwashed from wandering up to the door by mistake, I suppose. Maw says the great unwashed don't know enough to come in out of the rain.
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the great unwashed

People use the great unwashed to mean poor or ordinary people. A man quickly led the Queen's husband away from the great unwashed. Note: This expression is used humorously.
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the great unwashed

n. most of the common people; the hoi polloi. I usually find myself more in agreement with the great unwashed than with the elite.
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Great Unwashed

A disparaging term for the common man. The phrase first appeared in an 1830 novel, Paul Clifford, by the British novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton: “He is certainly a man who bathes and ‘lives cleanly,' (two especial charges preferred against him by Messrs. the Great Unwashed).” Among other cynics (although they would call themselves realists) who used the phrase was H. L. Mencken, who also referred to the majority of Americans as the “booboisie.”
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Yes, well sometimes one wonders if the great unwashed deserve better.
We still managed to get pounds 400 out of the great unwashed, so maybe we shouldn't be so mean
IF there's anything that gets up politicians' noses, it's the Great Unwashed getting to know what they're really up to, whether it's us poor mugs paying for repairing their castle moats, providing them with plush grace and favour pads, or supplying them with women and men of ill repute for their titillation.
The fury of taxpaying residents in Meriden is not hard to understand after the peace of their lives was shattered by an invasion of the great unwashed.
Still, it keeps the great unwashed (analysts) happy.
The Britpop era was well and truly under way, and the great unwashed of British students at the time (I include myself I hasten to add) never had it so good in terms of choice and quality of music to blare from their student digs.
I'm paying for everything - welfare for the workshy, long and lazy holidays for teachers, and public transport for the great unwashed, for that matter.
However, there appears to be a direct relationship between ability and availability - the better the horse, the thicker the layer of cotton wool, which is not really what the Great Unwashed Racing Public most desires.
Aye, I'm talking to you, the great unwashed who vote in things like the British Soap Awards.
Professor Bob Tyrrell, an expert in social trends, says of the key findings: "The survey suggests people want to avoid rubbing shoulders with the great unwashed.
When it rained during a game at Miami's aging Orange Bowl, the filthy rich got drenched along with the great unwashed.
The Budget The Chancellor gave us a Budget for big business, wealthy savers and high earners and did absolutely nothing to help the hard-up victims of the recession or to boost living standards of the great unwashed.
The tax-avoiding, gong-seeking fraternity get to keep more and the great unwashed get to keep the status quo.
As I said, the people were ripe by then, and another popular thing the women took with them to the wedding was a small silver or gold case with a little scented sponge inside, so they could have a sly sniff of its contents, in order to cut down the aroma of the great unwashed.
I'm sure the great unwashed, as they often referred to, would have their ardour for criminal acts dampened.
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