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great unwashed

or Great Unwashed

noun
1.
the general public; the populace or masses.
Origin of great unwashed
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60
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  • The "great unwashed" were not so from choice, it would appear.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • They are the great unwashed, the mutable many, the common people.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • Mobility, the populace; or, according to Burke, the great unwashed.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • "Morgan calls politics the sport of the great unwashed," observed Anne.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck
  • great unwashed fleeces are counted slowly out from the smoke-stack.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches

    Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • I am now truly a member of the army of the great unwashed and unwashableno, I take that back.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
  • The great unwashed of England would not understand the service of the Anglican Church.

  • Those who belong to the family of the "great unwashed," will find to their cost that bees are decided foes to all of their tribe.

  • It is even so; travellers on the Alaskan trails as well as natives belong to the "great unwashed."

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