the great unwashed

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Noun1.the great unwashed - the common people generallythe great unwashed - the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
laity, temporalty - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
audience - the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment; "every artist needs an audience"; "the broadcast reached an audience of millions"
followers, following - a group of followers or enthusiasts
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However, even if the great unwashed were unaware of such practices it seems a singularly inept name to give a day on which punters are encouraged to empty their coffers for the express purpose of making the Season of Goodwill a happier time - for purveyors of merchandise at least.
I expect he'll be glad he won't have to visit factories with his shirt sleeves rolled up, lecturing the great unwashed.
Also, no sign was posted in City Hall to tell the great unwashed that they could go to that mall.
He lists mandatory scientific truths that all in the chattering class believe, and low-IQ Republicans and the great unwashed, to their disadvantage, don't believe.
Some of the Great Unwashed I've seen at the polished counter would probably wolf down dead dog garnished with baked beans, so why not give them a McMutt quarter-pounder?
We will leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink lots of beer and have fun"- Bruce Dickinson, (pictured) lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden gets snooty about pop festivals.
We should give the Royal couple more latitude to integrate with the great unwashed in this new millennium.
The February 1 article about the National Association of Women Judges campaign to brainwash the great unwashed into deifying sitting judges was proof positive that our judicial power elite really want a society ruled by "philospher kings" ala Plato's "Republic.
I can assure them one doesn't experience such problems at the Waitrose store in Barry where, it seems to me, the great unwashed can enjoy their free coffee while at the same time serenely contemplating the spiritual aspects of life, as suggested by Her Majesty.
As the Great Unwashed shuffled into the sunset, everyone agreed Murray had given a fine account of himself, and refugees from that embankment - jam-packed with up to 6,000 fans - will all have tales to tell of their day on Roger Ridge.
I read with dismay, then disgust, the news about Bishop Thomas Olmsted's reported decree that there would be no more cup at "ordinary" Masses, because it seems he fears the celebrant is being crowded out by the great unwashed who parade onto his stage to distribute the Eucharist.

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