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hoi polloi

  
  
If someone refers to thehoi polloi, they are referring in a humorous or rather rude way to ordinary people, in contrast to rich, well-educated, or upper-class people.      n-plural  
Monstrously inflated costs are designed to keep the hoi polloi at bay.     
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hoi polloi

  
  
admass, canaille, commonalty, riffraff, the (common) herd, the common people, the great unwashed     (informal & derogatory)   the lower orders, the masses, the plebs, the populace, the proles     (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.)   the proletariat, the rabble, the third estate, the underclass  

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poll, polo, polio, polling

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