the unwashed masses

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the unwashed masses

The broader general public, especially those of the lower and lower-middle classes. The film didn't cause too great a stir with the unwashed masses, but it has been considered a milestone in cinematic achievement among film critics. The world of the super-rich is one that we among the unwashed masses can't even begin to understand.
See also: masse, unwashed
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As we saw in Donald Trump's presidential victory and are witnessing in Europe, the unwashed masses are starting to cast their ballots for anti-Establishment individuals and parties, people who reject cultural Marxism.
This was the type of upper middle-class Guardianista who seized upon every opportunity to display their wisdom, taste and sophistication to the unwashed masses like us.
That said, mitigated risk is not the same as no risk, and regulating professionals who operate drones for hire is not even close to regulating the unwashed masses who can pick one up at Walmart and buzz the airport as soon as the battery is charged.
They look down their noses on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that hosts the Oscars, whose members, in their view, are a bunch of under-educated oafs, pandering to the unwashed masses, and are at any rate unqualified to cast ballots on category winners.
There has been much grumbling since the underground car park at the back of the Council House, in Victoria Square, was closed in January and the politicians and senior officers had to suffer the indignity of using the multi-storey car park behind Baskerville House and shuffling through Paradise Forum with the unwashed masses to attend meetings.
But then, at the end of the day, we have to also recognize those snobbish cineastes who will not make contact with Hollywood movies without holding their nose, and who dismiss these movies as the opium of the unwashed masses, as it were.
But the public, and especially the music press, embraces the future after the unwashed masses anoint it.
WITH the majority of racing royalty and the unwashed masses at the milliners this weekend the onerous task of finding some funds to enter the Ascot fray with falls to me.
Legalizing their favored drug of choice will officially make them part of the unwashed masses.
So, to protect the unwashed masses against their own ignorance, the "privilege" of selecting their own appellate judges was stripped away.
I guess that works just fine for soldiers and law enforcement, but I respectfully submit that unless you get training with the system, it can be challenging for the unwashed masses.
All right, the unwashed masses in the Hindi heartland were not captivated.
Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes at the University of Oregon is a symbol of elitism that has been institutionally mandated to keep a certain small percentage apart from the unwashed masses as they are taught the proper way to have more than others.
He must have thought he was on to a winner with that one: surely a sop to the unwashed masses, praising the stalwart efforts of abandoned mothers?
It has shown the unwashed masses the light of what COULD be.