great unwashed

noun /ˌɡreɪt ʌnˈwɒʃt,ˌɡreɪt ʌnˈwɑːʃt,ˌɡreɪt ʌnˈwɔːʃt/
A contemptuous term for the populace, particularly the working class.

The Liberal campaign was so carefully orchestrated that McLeod was never in a position to be confronted by the great unwashed. Unfortunately, the great unwashed rarely vote for a leader whom they have never met.


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  • great unwashed — This is a term used for the working class masses …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • great unwashed — the general public; the populace or masses. Also, Great Unwashed. [1855 60] * * * the (great) unwashed informal phrase an offensive or humorous word for people from low social classes Thesaurus: people from a low social classsynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • great unwashed — n. most of the common people; the hoi polloi. □ The great unwashed could probably tell us a lot about life in the big city. □ I usually find myself more in agreement with the great unwashed than with the elite …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • great unwashed — the general public; the populace or masses. Also, Great Unwashed. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • great unwashed —    This is a term used for the working class masses.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Great unwashed —   This is a term used for the working class masses …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • GREAT UNWASHED, THE —    the artisan class …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • great unwashed, the —  The working classes …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • the great unwashed — noun the common people generally separate the warriors from the mass power to the people • Syn: ↑multitude, ↑masses, ↑mass, ↑hoi polloi, ↑people • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • the (great) unwashed — derogatory ordinary people. → unwashed …   English new terms dictionary

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