John Doe

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John Doe (plural John Does)

  1. A fictitious name used in legal documents for an unknown or anonymous male person.
  2. (idiomatic) Any unknown or anonymous male person.
    • 1885, Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, volume 4:
      i.e. "to Tom, Dick or Harry:" the names like John Doe and Richard Roe are used indefinitely in Arab.

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