Definition of the man on the Clapham omnibus in English:

the man on the Clapham omnibus

phrase

British
  • The average man, especially with regard to his opinions.

    ‘his was not a voice in the wilderness; he was speaking for the man on the Clapham omnibus’
    • ‘Yes, the man on the Clapham omnibus may have faith in national sovereignty, but his faith is faltering.’
    • ‘The man on the Clapham omnibus was heading for Epsom yesterday, along with about half the population of London.’
    • ‘We must ask ourselves what the man on the Clapham omnibus would think.’
    • ‘The man on the Clapham omnibus would probably have liked to have seen me hung, drawn and quartered, with my…head stuck on a pike for public edification.’
    • ‘If you ask the man on the Clapham omnibus, or the man on the average Great Western train, he will typically think that things are getting better.’
    • ‘He believed that the man on the Clapham omnibus would regard it as ‘wholly anomalous and unfair’ for a cohabiting ex wife in Mrs K's position to continue to receive income from her former husband indefinitely.’