the man

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the man (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, not used in plural form) The oppressive powers that be, including the government and corporations; the system, as coordinated outside of one’s control.
    The man gets you down.
    I'm sorry I couldn’t meet you earlier but I spent all night working for the man.
  2. (idiomatic, not used in plural form) An oppressive or domineering person of authority, usually male.
  3. (idiomatic, not used in plural form) The best man for a job.
    You’re the man!

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