John Q. Public


noun

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
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Idioms and Phrases with john q. public

John Q. Public


see under John Doe.

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