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Coined by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, "the great unwashed" refers to the lower classes.

The common people.
The great unwashed enjoy reality TV and shopping at Wal-Mart.
by Lytton September 09, 2006

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1. A person of a lower order who is looked down upon by most of society.

2. A term to refer to anyone who is common and or stupid in their ways.

3. Can also be applied to a person who follows 'the crowd' and dosen't have a mind of their own.
Being lazy, a moocher and lacking a college education M. Rehmeyer was considered as one of 'the great unwashed' by the higher echelons of society.
by Rnotbscot February 12, 2008

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the working class masses
Corporations fear the day that the great unwashed will throw of the shackles of consumerism and ever increasing debt and focus on more imporant endeavours such as their health, family and friends.
by etticosmassic August 31, 2005

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see UAF or Unite Against Fascism
the great unwashed are bitching against the narrrzis again
by mehbleh May 14, 2015

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People who go to Lan parties and down`t wash for three days straight...also known as CS Players
by Anthony Ainsworth March 05, 2003

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People who like to go camping and not shower so they can be "one with nature". People who wear birkenstocks.

The great unwashed must be distinguished from homeless people...the gw have homes and often have money, they're just dirty.
Yuck, one of the great unwashed is camping down by the river again! I can smell him from here.
by surely February 09, 2005

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Basically refers to the Catholic Irish nation, also includes Catholics living in Northern Ireland.
The Great Unwashed flocked to the GAA game in their thousands.
by Andy + rick December 12, 2005

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