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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The Soviet-style carbuncle on the Waterfront was full to the rafters with the local great and good for a mutual backslapping marathon before the great unwashed were allowed in.
And whereas the great unwashed gets to see the Prime Minister on TV, she actually meets him once a week for a chat.
On my last trip home we received my mother in law's pension confirmation form asking that she visit in person to confirm she was alive or send an affidavit signed by a Class I gazette officer (as if the rest of us were the great unwashed as compared to these gazetted guys, whatever that means) attesting that she was still a-okay.
But the amount of money spent here by the great unwashed over the week-end and indeed by the farmer who puts on the show is enormous.
The rest did not meet the requisite wealth requirements, leading one to believe the city was awash with the great unwashed and no one else.
However, the social stigma of being one of the great unwashed is too overwhelming.
The great unwashed of Chatsworth Estate return for another series of sidesplitting comedy and moving drama.
Views that before would have been aired only in betting shops are now in the public domain, to the huge annoyance of the racing industry, who regard us, I am sure, as the great unwashed.
Which leads to the real point: When will the fast followers realize that Toyota has won this PR war, and that all the eco-weenies really care about is that the great unwashed masses bow before their superior environmental awareness while they savage Detroit for its shortsightedness and inability to lead?
Do the great unwashed not understand that we have a Charter?
5kg, the nuvo guy is ready to go to new institutional or industrial homes right now for a cool [yen]3 million, but ZMP plans to make it available to the great unwashed for about a half million yen.
Fairchild would like his particular perspective to get broader coverage; Barlow assumes that the great unwashed are too dumb, busy, or lazy to be proactive enough to be well-informed citizens on a wide range of issues.

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