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Originated by George Orwell in the 1945 quotation, below.
- (idiomatic, ironic) Ostensibly equal, but in reality more privileged.
1945 May, George Orwell, chapter 10, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
- All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
- 2006, Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Who Believes in Human Rights?, p. 122
- ... men who supposedly enjoyed equality and freedom, but in fact did not. The rich more equal than the poor at Strasbourg? ... is there a gap between what human rights say they do and what they actually do?
- 2007, Mark Knoller, President Bush Rides In Style, CBS News
- All the world leaders at the G-8 Summit are supposed to be equal in stature. But in some ways, President George W. Bush is more equal than others.
- 2007, Neil Clark, Monday May 21, 2007, The Guardian, If the world is his oyster (discussing Bernard Kouchner)
- He clearly believes some states are more equal than others.