man on the Clapham omnibus

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

man on the Clapham omnibus

  1. (Britain) Any ordinary person; everyman.
  2. (Britain, law) Any hypothetical reasonable person used by the Courts in considering questions of reasonableness; everyman.

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