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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We have been fed amyth that Korea must grow, must advance, must consume and consume more to be modern, to be advanced, to be recognized as being special, as opposed to the unwashed masses of "developing countries."
In the U.S., for example, demonstrators could not assemble close to Congress until the early 1970s, when the Supreme Court finally rejected the argument that Capitol Hill was an especially dignified space deserving of refuge from the unwashed masses. Yet, to this day, politically vocal crowds are routinely portrayed as uncontrollable mobs.
The 'alalay' are always with their bosses, doing everything from carrying their bags and cell phones to warding off the unwashed masses. The 'alalay's' genealogy goes back as well to the 'aliping namamahay.'
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.
Rafsanjani's conception of the ideal foreign policy was one in which Iran would work clandestinely with the United States and pledge never to challenge its basic interests, while the US government understood that inflammatory anti-American rhetoric in flan was just rhetoric designed to keep the unwashed masses aligned with the government and wasn't actual policy.
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.
That's where the unwashed masses live, and possibly ill-mannered individuals who would be inclined to catcall the governor, resulting in embarrassing footage on the 6 o'clock news.
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.
So, in a way, pot smokers are already the "mainstream." 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.