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First put to legal use in a reported judgement by Sir Richard Henn Collins MR in the 1903 English Court of Appeal libel case, McQuire v. Western Morning News, who attributed it to Lord Bowen.
- (UK) Any ordinary person; everyman.
- Synonym: man on the street
- (UK, law) Any hypothetical reasonable person used by the Courts in considering questions of reasonableness; everyman.