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View synonyms for Public Enemy Number One

Public Enemy Number One

or Public Enemy Number 1, Public Enemy No. 1

noun

  1. (not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI's list of the ten most wanted criminals.
  2. a major menace to public safety, health, etc.:

    Cancer is Public Enemy Number One.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of Public Enemy Number One1

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

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