who's who

noun, often capitalized both Ws
\ ˌhüz-ˈhü \

Definition of who's who 

1 : a compilation of brief biographical sketches of prominent persons in a particular field a who's who of sports figures

2 : the leaders of a group : elite

3 : a listing or grouping of notable persons or things

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But there are many people in Mexico who are who are deeply worried about an Andres Manuel presidency. William La Jeunesse, Fox News, "Mexican presidential elections could deteriorate foreign relations with US," 30 June 2018 Swoveland explained who was who in the mural in that Outsmart piece. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Memories of murals outside departed Montrose gay bar Mary's still live on," 22 June 2018 From Alice Paul and her fellow suffragettes to Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm, the list can read like a who's who of feminism. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The ERA Is Back in the News—This Is Why You Should Be Paying Attention," 12 June 2018 Even those who recall the times, or know the history well, must pay rapt attention to keep up with who's who onstage. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'All the Way' a brilliant political drama from Southern Rep," 29 May 2018 Willoughby Brewing marks 20 years Brewers who are scheduled to come back to Willoughby this week cover a who's who of Northeast Ohio suds royalty, including Chris Alltmont, now at Fat Head's Brewery. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Willoughby Brewing Co. marks 20 years with specials and a lot of history," 19 Feb. 2018 His filmography is a who's who of ridiculous movies that are somehow at once artful and completely tasteless (his previous film, Love, was released in 3D and features a real handjob as its opening scene). Tom Philip, GQ, "Provocative Movie Director Gaspar Noé Has Finally Gone Too Far," 18 May 2018 The array of female speakers reads like a who's who of political and cultural relevancy: Cynthia Nixon, actress, activist, LGBT figure and New York gubernatorial candidate, spoke at Helene Fuld College of Nursing earlier this month. Aj Willingham, CNN, "In a tumultuous and triumphant year, women are dominating as college commencement speakers," 10 May 2018 The list of performers reads like a who's who of rock n' roll, some at the beginning of their careers. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Whatever happened to: Sherwood Country Club," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of who's who

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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