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John Q. Public

the average or typical U.S. citizen:
an entertainment aimed at Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public.
Origin of John Q. Public
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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John Q. Public


"average American citizen," attested from 1934.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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John Q Citizen

noun phrase

Any man, esp the average or typical man; joe average: John Q Citizen seems to yearn for the big cars (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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John Q. Public

see under John Doe
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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