the man

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the man

  1. (idiomatic, singular only) The oppressive powers that be, including the government and corporations; the system, as coordinated outside of one’s control.
    The man gets you down.
    I'm sorry I couldn’t meet you earlier but I spent all night working for the man.
  2. (idiomatic, singular only) An oppressive or domineering person of authority, usually male.
  3. (idiomatic, singular only) The best man for a job.
    You’re the man!

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