Often the hoi polloi . the common people; the masses.
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How to use hoi polloi in a sentence
This piques romantic curiosity in a fellow refugee of the hoi polloi.
Beyond the property lines, too, Chilmark is well tailored to the hoi polloi avoider.
Most are delighted to reside in ivory butter-cream towers far from the roiling, boiling, chaotic hoi polloi below.
No use letting the "hoi-polloi" get on to it that I was a greenhorn.An American Hobo in Europe | Ben Goodkind
And what a Vandervent eats for breakfast makes snappy reading, I think you'd call it, for hoi polloi, eh?Find the Woman | Arthur Somers Roche
As was well known, when Harris Collins performed he performed only for the élite, for the hoi-polloi of the trained-animal world.Michael, Brother of Jerry | Jack London
hoi polloi had used another entrance by which to climb to the upper galleries.Long Live the King | Mary Roberts Rinehart
The book Im at work on is a deliberate attempt to pander to the depraved taste of hoi polloi.
British Dictionary definitions for hoi polloi
often derogatory the masses; common people
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Cultural definitions for hoi polloi
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.”
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