Clapham omnibus

Clapham omnibus
(BrE)
a phrase like the man in the street, which means the average ordinary English person (of either sex). The phrase has been in use since the 1890s when the word ‘bus’ was already replacing ‘omnibus’. The choice of the bus from Clapham, an area of south-west London, has no special meaning; it is just a typical bus from a fairly ordinary place:

What will the man on the Clapham omnibus think of this new tax?

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  • (the) woman on the Clapham omnibus — the man/woman on the Clapham omnibus British an imaginary person whose opinions and behaviour are thought to be typical of ordinary British people. The man on the Clapham omnibus probably knows nothing about Rwanda. (usually singular) …   New idioms dictionary

  • man on the clapham omnibus — (UK) The man on the Clapham omnibus is the ordinary person in the street …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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  • man on the Clapham omnibus — noun Any ordinary person; everyman …   Wiktionary

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