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John Q. Public

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noun
  1. the average or typical U.S. citizen: an entertainment aimed at Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public.
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Origin of John Q. Public

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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Word Origin and History for john q. public

John Q. Public

n.

"average American citizen," attested from 1934.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with john q. public

John Q. Public

see under John Doe.

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