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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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He rued over the kaleidoscope of cars and the ghosts of unwashed masses passing by.
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.
It's that old idea of the ignorant and unwashed masses, who need to be governed by an intellectual elite who really knows what's best for them.
To have these "unwashed masses" trooping into ICU, and to hear the affection they bore for each other was a privilege; and we loved hearing their appreciative experiences of Gordon's final ten months of life amongst them.
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.'
If uttered in a context already hostile to immigrants, it may evoke unwashed masses invading the country - one person after another in an unbroken chain.
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.
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.
For the unwashed masses, like myself, who prefer an old-fashioned direct-impingement AR, LWRCI is offering its Advanced DI Bolt Carrier Group.
Since the NFA's goal was to keep them out of the hands of the dirty unwashed masses, a tax was required for each suppressor--to the tune of $200 per suppressor.
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.
We can't have the moneyed classes mixing with the poor unwashed masses can we.
Webber, you seem to suppose that the future unwashed masses would just love to be shuffled around so they can spend their time on mobile devices and texting their lives away while their surroundings whisk by and they pay no attention.