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

the mass or multitude of ordinary people. derogatory
1997 Spectator Early piers tried to be rather socially exclusive, but the need to maintain revenue soon opened the gates to the great unwashed.
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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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Here was a horseracing toff to whom the great unwashed could relate.
It could have been: "Thank you I will take that for my dad, he likes to see what the great unwashed hoi-polloi keep as trinkets.
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I'm so proud to be a pleb The working man that's me Just one of the great unwashed The common bourgeoisie I didn't have a silver spoon No-one to fetch and carry I'm just one of the Hoi-Polloi Like Tom or Dick or Harry I'm of the proletariat With my old rag-tag style I'm from the heaving masses I'm from the rank and file Plebeians every one of us Who could ask for more?
1 attraction is that it offers the great unwashed an opportunity to 'interact' with celebrities in a much easier way than before.
Stand by for a run on Patum Peperium and mushroom ketchup, now that the great unwashed have had a taste of the good life.
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.
Of course, her trip to th chippy isn't the first time Gaga has snuck out under the cover of night to mingle with the great unwashed.
It is arrogant to simply order the great unwashed to "upgrade.
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.
While the well-balanced list of British and international nominees was compiled by a jury of industry talent spotters, the winner will be chosen by the great unwashed popcorn-munching Friday night multiplex audience.
Price stays clear of gossip and sticks to the facts, giving a full report of Stewart's trial as well as her real influence on the tastes of the great unwashed.
Sad to report that many of our top jumps men and women appear to be too busy eating hearty country breakfasts and shovelling banknotes, to commit to having a website at all, let alone provide daily tips to the great unwashed.
The party are letting Trevor Beattie, the man who came up with the outrageous slogan for French Connection and also the traffic- stopping 'Hello Boys' Wonderbra posters, try to convince us that Labour values remain strong and that we, the great unwashed, are still important to Tony and his cohorts.
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