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But where hoi polloi thinks that it gets the best of everything it is mistaken.

The book Im at work on is a deliberate attempt to pander to the depraved taste of hoi polloi.

And we must laugh at nothing and find it enchanting––and we must dance amid the hoi polloi and clap our hands for the encore too!

But esthetic beatitude can be obtained only by a few; it is not for the hoi polloi.

I say as one 'Varsity man to another—we're not hoi polloi—could you lend me some money?

But these are placed upon the table down below, where hoi polloi and the lame, blind, and halt sit down and eat.

The third was for the hoi polloi of the white race, and the fourth for the people of color whose color was more evident.

And what a Vandervent eats for breakfast makes snappy reading, I think you'd call it, for hoi polloi, eh?

Hoi polloi had used another entrance by which to climb to the upper galleries.

The hoi polloi never make that mistake and they get a lot more out of life.

WORD ORIGIN

1837, from Greek hoi polloi (plural) "the people," literally "the many" (plural of polys; see poly-). Used in Greek by Dryden (1668) and Byron (1822), in both cases preceded by the, even though Greek hoi means "the," a mistake repeated often by subsequent writers, who at least have the excuse of ignorance of Greek.

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