great unwashed

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Attributed to Edmund Burke.

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great unwashed (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) A contemptuous term for the populace, particularly the working class.
    • 1995, Christina Blizzard, Right Turn: How the Tories Took Ontario
      The Liberal campaign was so carefully orchestrated that McLeod was never in a position to be confronted by the great unwashed. Unfortunately, the great unwashed rarely vote for a leader whom they have never met.

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