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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For the first time in our history, the great unwashed did not do as their masters told them.
But NOTHING could persuade me to camp in a field for four days or party with 200,000 of the great unwashed.
EVER since the 2016 referendum our ever-insecure MPs have been scratching their heads wondering what on earth the great unwashed meant when they voted to leave the EU.
The four-hour hearing brought me to the edge of an ocean of despair and fears of a revolution of the great unwashed.
Free movement and immigration is the dominant issue as the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Lily Allen berate the great unwashed for inhumanly rejecting the millions heading north from seemingly half the globe.
The executive who recently said he was "not in favour of dumbing down the large clubs in order to make all the clubs the great unwashed".
On one hand, they are suggesting a new way of treating fans found guilty of racism, but on the other they are making statements about being more important than the lesser clubs in Europe - to use chairman Bruce Buck's misguided words, 'the great unwashed'.
Moir also called Princess Eugenie's fiance an "unknown to the great unwashed." Brooksbank is a commoner, and he ( won't receive a royal title after their wedding.
He follows former chief executive Stewart Regan and chief operating officer Andrew McKinlay out the door, while non-executive director Gary Hughes is gone after Record Sport revealed he called Rangers fans "the great unwashed".
"The saturation coverage unleashed a flood of agitation from the great unwashed, who took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the fact that they were being force-fed a celebration of the petrified leftovers of an empire with a disgraceful history" - Media outlet Russia Today's verdict on the wedding.
Despite the enormous cost of my rail pass, I have had to suffer numerous cancellations in the past few weeks and find myself sitting with the great unwashed on a miserable bus back home.

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