The crude, dirty “brutes” of the land of the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. The Yahoos are irrational people and represent the worst side of humanity. By contrast, the wise and gentle Houyhnhnms, their masters, are rational horses and represent humanity at its best.
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Many other voters might be inclined to vote Republican, were it not so evidently in the grip of a bunch of yahoos.
Are we still going to see these yahoos on TV this fall, though, saying what a great man he is?
The sort of man that Obama is has become normal to all but the yahoos among us.
The question to be debated was, “whether the Yahoos should be exterminated from the face of the earth?”Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Here the conditions are reversed; there is no romance; the dupes are women, and also the Yahoos.Iconoclasts|James Huneker
He thought that he and his fellow-creatures were Yahoos; and he thought a Yahoo a very agreeable kind of animal.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Swift's degraded race of Yahoos is a reflection of the degradation to be seen in multitudes of London saloons.English Literature|William J. Long
Even the Yahoos were made to comprehend—when not colour-blind.Voyage of the Liberdade|Captain Joshua Slocum