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the (great) unwashed

Definition of the great unwashed in English:

derogatory The mass or multitude of ordinary people: politicians need not answer inconvenient questions if they emanate from the great unwashed
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  • Others were putting up a mediocre fight against the unwashed.
  • The local landed gentry, when not herding the unwashed through their country piles, go up to town: and that means a trip to their London club, not a Spurriergate shopping spree.
  • The Samoans are considered by many of the earlier arrivers to Hawaii to be the unwashed, much like the caste system in India.
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