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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Etymologically attributed to Edmund Burke, the great unwashed is a phrase used to denote the populace, particularly the working class.

  1. A contemptuous term for the populace, particularly the working class.
    • 1995 - Christina Blizzard, Right Turn: How the Tories Took Ontario
      The Liberal campaign was so carefully orchestrated that McLeod was never in a position to be confronted by the great unwashed. Unfortunately, the great unwashed rarely vote for a leader whom they have never met.


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