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John Q. Public

noun
1.
the average or typical U.S. citizen:
an entertainment aimed at Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public.
Origin of John Q. Public
1935-1940
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40
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Word Origin and History for John Q. Public
n.

"average American citizen," attested from 1934.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with John Q. Public

John Q. Public

see under John Doe
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