“The Man” has many definitions. It all depends on who is being asked. To those in older generations, “the Man” is the government as an oppressing force. But the current youth of America prefers another definition. This new “Man” has a positive connotation, unlike his predecessor.
Urban dictionary says “the Man” is a complimentary term for people who would be described as “the bomb” or “the s***,” being they are all around great, likable people. Issues with this are that “the Man” is singular. There is no “the Men.” There will be great people in any place visited, but there is only one “the Man.”
Sources say he lives in Greenwich, C.T. currently. It is confirmed that he originated in the semi-cold region of Brecksville, Ohio; a long way north of his present position. It is there that he began to develop his signature tendencies. Naturally he was predispositioned to be wonderful from the beginning. With a smile to melt hearts and eyes that took everything in, the curly haired boy (now around the age of adulthood) grew up ready to take hold of the title rightfully his.
Before he became “the Man,” he was becoming more and more suitable for the prestigious title. Between athletics, academics, and a booming social life, this Man (let’s call him David) was being nurtured for excellence. David played Varsity water polo and baseball his senior year. Meanwhile he swam Varsity all four years of high school. He maintained a reasonable grade point average and received above average SAT scores. All universities David applied to were eager to accept him. They knew the quality of the teenager. Universities weren’t the only ones to notice David.
In Ohio, David was not only accepted, but admired. He was who boys wanted to be and girls wanted to be with. Everything was at his feet and in his hands. He was well-liked for his outgoing personality and charming character. Behind the boyish good looks was a boy on the rise to greatness. To become the man he is now, David tackled a single challenge that would revolutionize the world he knew and loved .
Just before his Junior year, David relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut; a place with brand new rules. It took a few weeks of adjustment, but David settled into his new life. Understandably, he was not immediately fond of his new town. It was not his home and he had to start over again. Ups and downs followed his Junior year (or so sources say), as he was not as established as back in Brecksville, Ohio. Head never down, David continued on.
Eventually the tumult stopped around Senior year. No one knows if it was real tumult he felt, because David has a mysterious exterior, but it is known around the beginning of Senior year there was a shift around him. He was known for more positive details (there had been mild drama the year before) and had an additional spring in his step. Was it the start of a school year? Had he met knew people? No one knows for sure.
Regardless of what brought about the more optimistic approach to life, David was on the brink of something. He had often referred to himself as “the Man,” but it was easily laughed off. All teenage boys (and some confused girls) label themselves as “the Man” in hopes that they will one day own the title. David, on the other hand, knew he was the rightful one to claim the title.
David has always been compassionate, but hard when he needs to be. He trusts, unless given reason not to. Motivated in certain aspects, but lethargic in others, he often gives every area of his life a new approach. When he hurts others he tries his best to make up for it. In one particular wrong doing, he worked relentlessly to make up to a specific female. His efforts were unending and his heart was wide open, but it was not waiting to be forgiven. To this day, he does not believe in waiting for anything. He will go and make it happen. Fate is a pretty ideal, but if David wants something he will find a way to obtain it.
David’s life is complex and in many parts. From a complicated childhood (don’t we all have a complication somewhere?) to the easy adolescence; from the tranquil early teenage years to the mystification of later youth; and finally to an encouraging adulthood.
At age 18, David’s life is nearly perfect. He is settled within his school and community. Family life is in concert and his social life is collectively perfect. He has the world at his feet once again. This time it is a different perfection than he knew in Ohio. In Ohio, flawlessness was given to him naturally. In Connecticut, he had to work for it. He made mistakes, fought for his wants, and challenged what he desired. He grew up within the move to New England into someone worthy of the prestigious title that brings this article.
“The Man” is not just anyone. He is someone of significance and reputation. His character is not flawless, but he does not mind accepting or working on it. He is not effortless, but he is not strained with struggle. He is stubborn and overly confident at times, but this is balanced by the honest and sincerity of his heart and mind. The openness that can be seen in his hazel eyes is infinite. He is always wanting more, because he understands life is not mere acceptance. Life is acknowledgment of what is being given, while taking what one deserves. “The Man” is not inept or desperate. He may be clumsy with words, but not with spirit. Lastly, he accepts a challenge with zest and fervor.
David is all of the above and then some. It is no secret he has many passions. He has hidden talents within every realm gifts are discovered. Eager, quiet, personable, confident, gregarious, and wholesome he exemplifies the best of himself everyday. He is purely himself without fault. David refuses to be anyone else, even if playing a different sport or acting a certain way will get him approval by certain people. He does not waste efforts where they do not deserve to be. His efforts go towards those that merit attention and consideration.
David is many things. Common is not one of them. He is an irreplaceable person. It is this uniqueness that has made him “the Man.” He needed to mature through the many phases that mark early life to become who he is currently. Even if he hadn’t, he still would have been an impressive individual. Someone to make cheeks blush rouge. Someone to turn boring afternoons around into good memories. Someone who strikes admiration in hearts and stirs awe in minds. Someone impossible to ignore.
"That guy David is the Man!"
by shortpancake11 April 15, 2009
Top Definition
The Man is the head of "the establishment" put in place to "bring us down." Though nobody has physically seen "the man," he is assumed to be a male caucasian between the ages of 25-40 and is rumored to have a substantial amount of acquired wealth, presumably acquired by exploiting those whom his "establishment" is "keeping down."
"Damn The Man!" -Victim of the "establishment"
by Funk Naz-T August 11, 2003
1. n. (derogatory, semi-proper) Term used to describe any class of people who wield power and are seen as oppressive. See also whitey, big brother, corporate america, the establishment (Please note, these synonyms are used as examples of groups who have been called "The Man," and should not be construed as a racist attack)

2. n. (derogatory, proper) Term used to describe an individual who holds authority over another, such as an employment supervisor or police officer. See also, pig, asshole, nazi, fascist.

3. n. (military) Any superior officer who has authority to issue legal punishment. See also brass.

4. n. (complimentary) Term used to describe an individual who has achieved either a great accomplishment, or who is viewed as being an altogether good person. See also the bomb, the shit.
1. I can't ever get anywhere in this world because The Man is keeping me down.

2. I wanted to jet out of work early, but the Man said I had to clean the shop before I could leave.

3. The staff sergeant told the habitually late private that if he was not on time tomorrow, the private would be standing tall before the man.

4. "Damn dude! You banged three chicks in one night? You are the man!"
by Marc February 14, 2004
The Man becomes a part of your every day life the very minute you leave college, and lets be honest, as opposed to smiling and shaking hands with the dean while accepting your diploma on graduation day, you should have simply been kicked in the balls.  

But he did begin to emerge even during those blessed college days, with words like internship, resume and the "real world."  "This will look great on my resume!" Don't fool yourself, the resume is a creation of The Man. I mean what is a resume?  Your name and a list of your achievements ranging from school to job experience, or is it a list of failures considering your still looking for something new.  How much can you tell about a person by one single sheet paper and a cover letter talking about you and your five-year plan.

He is also responsible for the cubicle, a confined space with no windows, a jail cell where the time you serve is between the hours of 9 and 5.  Let's not forget the time you have to spend in traffic, or mentally winding down from your day at "work."

Perhaps I am getting a little too ahead of myself, before we attempt to define The Man's many creations, it is important to establish how he functions.  You must understand that the man is behind most everything in life with the sole goal of holding you back and bringing you down.  In today's fast paced and money driven society it is becoming more and more challenging to defy The Man.  You see The Man needs you more than you think, in order for The Man to continue to function he needs you to work, to vacation, to date, to eat, to watch T.V., to drive, etc. (the list continues forever).  I know what your saying, these are things everyone does... that is the catch, you do all of these things on The Mans watch.  He decides when you do just about everything.  You work from 9 - 5, you sit in traffic or metro lines before and after, you vacation 2 out of 52 possible weeks, you eat during your lunch break, you date and go out after work. 

The few who have successfully defied the Man do many of the same things as everyone else, but they do it whenever and wherever they want.  Who are these people you ask? People who chose an alternative lifestyle free of rush hour, cubicles, conference calls, and performance reviews.  People who decided that life is too short to compete in the rat race for essentially a life of climbing up the corporate food chain in order to improve on ones lifestyle through title and material possession.  Those who have successfully defied the man live their lives in many different ways, some chase a dream that wouldn't be possible to achieve while working a normal job, others risk everything to build something great, and others simply explore some of the amazing places and things life has to offer that one cant see behind a computer screen.

I hope the above information hasn't discouraged you; it is not intended to do so.  We simply realize that for the majority of us The Man will continue to play a major role in each and every one of our lives.  This website is intended to provide all of us with a sanctuary free of The Mans day to day efforts to hold us back.  A forum designed to post, present, and discuss anything of funny and valuable substance to help us understand the many ways The Man works.  So please feel free to contribute to Ftheman.com, after all it is a website dedicated to you, the common working man.
Youll find all the examples you need at www.FtheMan.com
by FtheMan.com March 21, 2005
He is everywhere, but you can stick it to him by playing a lil somethin called rock n roll.
The Man, oh, you don't know the Man. He's everywhere. In the White House... down the hall... Ms. Mullins, she's the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock 'n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV!
by Dewey Finn November 05, 2007
n. Derogitory term for Dr. Sau Lan Wu, an evil physicist at CERN, who rules her oppressed graduate students with an iron fist.
The Man said I don't work hard enough, 'cause I only put in 90 hours last week.
by Sabado Domingo January 30, 2004
A reference to any sort of authority, be it the police, the government, the boss, or, in a more abstract sense, the general high- or ruling-class.
Way to stick it to the Man!
by Obi-Juan January 19, 2004
government, president, or anyone higher in authority
(usually being veiwed in a negative way)
"More taxes? I'm not going to pay these. Fuck the man!"

Friend: "can you hang out tonight?"

Myself: "No. The man is making me stay home."

by v-man-clan December 21, 2008
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