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29.
Specifically, working for the man. A figurative term referring to those social and economic customs that prevent people from being treated as people in the work force. Oppression comes from the deification of profits, structures, and policies at the expense of human identity, creativity, and unique talent.
I don't want to go to work today. Fuck the man.
by kevinthenerd@yahoo.com August 01, 2004
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30.
Sinister corporate and/or government interests.
Terry sold out to THE MAN years ago.
by THE MAN October 10, 2002
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31.
1) A political figure/owner of a business who is often "tryin' to keep you DOWN"

2) A guy who sells you drugs.

3) Someone who is truly awesome. Can be used for males or females.
1) The man keeps tryin' to bring me down! Let's protest!

2) I'm going off to the alleyway to get some "stuff" from the man.

3) Wow! You're the man! / Wow! He's the man! / Wow! She's the man! / Wow! That's the man!
by josianne May 30, 2006
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32.
The Hippie equivalent of Satan. An evil deity imagined during the late 1960s. A focal point of the Hippie cult religion. Often perceived as a white man in a nice suit. The reason why white men in nice suits are advised not to approach Hippie followers.
Duuude, why is the Man always trying to bring us down??! We should all be, like... happy, and... uhh... Pink elephants!! Pink elephants everywhere!!! AAHhhh!!... Hey, you gotta joint, man?
by Silbixia March 09, 2010
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33.
a reference to any person who deals drugs.
"i'm waiting for the man. 26 dollars in my hand"
by ryan chang July 31, 2004
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34.
The mystery entity downtrodden scumbags blame for multiple generations of failure.
Beggar: "Hey buddy, can you spare a dolla? The man been keepin' me down my whole life."

Me: "Hmmm I bet your dad was an unemployed drug addict also."

Beggar: "Hey you some sorta psychic?"
by Cardinal April 09, 2004
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35.
The striatum of power engendered by the ruling elite, made up primarily of the government and corporate conglomerates. The man is the system of social and economic repression imposed upon minorities and the poor. -The aim of this repression being to maintain the status-quo in order to preserve current power and wealth relations. Sometimes described as “The White Man” because the people who control the government and the corporations are rich white males.
The man is keeping the black man down
by memoryman April 15, 2003
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