public enemy number one

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of public enemy number one

:the nation's most wanted criminal :the most dangerous threat to society
  • In many countries today, drug abuse is public enemy number one.

Word by Word Definitions

public play
  1. : exposed to general view : open

  2. : well-known, prominent

  3. : perceptible, material

  1. : a place accessible or visible to the public

  2. : the people as a whole : populace

  3. : a group of people having common interests or characteristics

enemy play
  1. : one that is antagonistic to another

  2. : something harmful or deadly

  3. : a military adversary

number play
  1. : a sum of units : total

  2. : complement

  3. : an indefinite usually large total

  1. : count, enumerate

  2. : to claim as part of a total : include

  3. : to restrict to a definite number


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