Definition of the man on the street in English:

the man on the street

(British the man in the street)

phrase

  • An ordinary man, with regard to their opinions, or as distinct from an expert.

    ‘it will be interesting to hear what the man on the street has to say about these latest tax cuts’
    • ‘We must ask ourselves what the man on the Clapham omnibus would think.’
    • ‘The man on the Clapham omnibus was heading for Epsom yesterday, along with about half the population of London.’
    • ‘Yes, the man on the Clapham omnibus may have faith in national sovereignty, but his faith is faltering.’
    • ‘The man on the Clapham omnibus would probably have liked to have seen me hung, drawn and quartered, with my…head stuck on a pike for public edification.’
    • ‘If you ask the man on the Clapham omnibus, or the man on the average Great Western train, he will typically think that things are getting better.’
    • ‘He believed that the man on the Clapham omnibus would regard it as ‘wholly anomalous and unfair’ for a cohabiting ex wife in Mrs K's position to continue to receive income from her former husband indefinitely.’