public enemy number one

Definition of public enemy number one

  1. :  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

publicplay
  1. :  exposed to general view :  open

    :  well-known, prominent

    :  perceptible, material

  1. :  the people as a whole :  populace

    :  a group of people having common interests or characteristics

    :  the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

enemyplay
  1. :  one that is antagonistic to another

    :  one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent

    :  something harmful or deadly

numberplay
  1. :  a sum of units :  total

    :  complement

    :  an indefinite usually large total

  1. :  count, enumerate

    :  to claim as part of a total :  include

    :  to restrict to a definite number


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