the little guy


chiefly US, informal
: an ordinary person who is not wealthy, famous, or powerful
used to refer to such people in general
a politician who portrays himself as a friend of the little guy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Among his efforts was his participation in the 2009 documentary Crude, which portrayed Donziger as a heroic crusader for the little guy who faced long-shot odds against one of the world’s most powerful multinational corporations. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2023

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“The little guy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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