Beyond the property lines, too, Chilmark is well tailored to the hoi polloi avoider.
This piques romantic curiosity in a fellow refugee of the hoi polloi.
And we must laugh at nothing and find it enchanting––and we must dance amid the hoi polloi and clap our hands for the encore too!
But where hoi polloi thinks that it gets the best of everything it is mistaken.
And what a Vandervent eats for breakfast makes snappy reading, I think you'd call it, for hoi polloi, eh?
The book Im at work on is a deliberate attempt to pander to the depraved taste of hoi polloi.
But these are placed upon the table down below, where hoi polloi and the lame, blind, and halt sit down and eat.
But esthetic beatitude can be obtained only by a few; it is not for the hoi polloi.
The third was for the hoi polloi of the white race, and the fourth for the people of color whose color was more evident.
I say as one 'Varsity man to another—we're not hoi polloi—could you lend me some money?
1837, from Greek hoi polloi (plural) "the people," literally "the many" (plural of polys; see poly-). Used in Greek by Dryden (1668) and Byron (1822), in both cases preceded by the, even though Greek hoi means "the," a mistake repeated often by subsequent writers, who at least have the excuse of ignorance of Greek.
The masses, the ordinary folk; the phrase is often used in a derogatory way to refer to a popular preference or incorrect opinion: “The hoi polloi may think that Fitzgerald is a great director, but those who know about film realize that his work is commercial and derivative.” From Greek, meaning “the many.”