Great unwashed

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Great unwashed an absurd term sometimes applied to the working classes generally
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Idioms

Great unwashed - This is a term used for the working class masses.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. greát; Dut. groot, Ger. gross; perh. allied to grand, gross, grow.

Usage

In literature:

You would have had such a winning way to the hearts of the great unwashed!
"Margret Howth, A Story of To-day" by Rebecca Harding Davis
GREAT UNWASHED, THE, the artisan class.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
My sympathy with the great unwashed is not deep enough for me to be willing to have you mingle with them.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
She could not go back into the Cathedral; it was musty in itself and crowded with the Great Unwashed.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
We shall have the whole town round us soon, and I can't stand it,' said Amanda, who had no romantic admiration for the Great Unwashed.
"Shawl-Straps" by Louisa M. Alcott
Think of the horrors that encompass all the 'great unwashed,' and then perhaps you will feel as I do.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
To them "the great unwashed" are repulsive.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
The great unwashed mood is upon me.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
He shirked the element itself, however, as religiously as though he had been one of London's great unwashed.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Mountain climbers belong legitimately to the great unwashed.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
Why, call them THE GREAT UNWASHED.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The "great unwashed" were not so from choice, it would appear.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
The great unwashed, the people.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
Do not the "better classes," as they call themselves, allude to the workers as "the lower orders," and "the great unwashed"?
"Britain for the British" by Robert Blatchford
The great unwashed of England would not understand the service of the Anglican Church.
"English Pharisees and French Crocodiles" by Max O'Rell
It was 'the great unwashed' that supported Caesar.
"The Campfire Girls on Station Island" by Margaret Penrose
Talk about the great unwashed!
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
The "great unwashed" were not so from choice, it would appear.
"A Ten Year War" by Jacob A. Riis
What Confucius thinks, no literary man, and much less the great unwashed, would ever dare to dispute.
"Sidelights on Chinese Life" by J. Macgowan
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In poetry:

"Where sore they toil and hard they lie,
Among the great unwashed, swell I: —
The tramp, the convict I am he;
Cold-shoulder him, cold-shoulder me."
"Comrade Jesus" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn

In news:

The Great Unwashed .
Due in large part to this century's rash of banking scandals and failures, the world banking industry is taking steps to correct any behavior that might spark the anger of the great unwashed masses.
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