man on the Clapham omnibus

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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.


man on the Clapham omnibus

  1. (UK) Any ordinary person; everyman.
    Synonym: man on the street
  2. (UK, law) Any hypothetical reasonable person used by the Courts in considering questions of reasonableness; everyman.

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