One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of the working class; a worker.
working-class person, worker, working person, plebeian, commoner, ordinary person, man in the street, person in the street, woman in the streetView synonyms
- ‘Party members were tightly controlled, but the inner party made no attempt to turn the proles from spasmodic mob into party members.’
- ‘No sooner has a cease-fire been signed than it is broken, and Big Brother in either case exhorts the citizens, known as proles, to make ever greater sacrifices, especially their liberty.’
- ‘The resulting exclusionary policies, when practiced by all or most localities, drive landless proles from pillar to post until they become so desperate they will serve landowner-employers for very little.’
- ‘With the proles lining up twenty-deep at Mickey D's, can Europe be far behind?’
- ‘Does he think that only hapless and gullible proles sign up for the Marines?’
- ‘The new communist masters decided that Skoda would produce cars for the proles while the politburo and their apparatchiks would get a new luxury saloon built by Tatra.’
- ‘For he really did believe capitalism controls the proles not by physical oppression but by bread and circuses, by cultural debasement - or ‘dumbing down’ as we now nervously say.’
- ‘The rich will not bat an eyelid at paying £5 if it clears a few of the proles out of their way.’
- ‘Social services for the proles are provided either by the individual prole, through savings after taxes, through families, or through churches.’
- ‘Their betters are frustrated when people refuse to act like proles and insist on thinking they're just citizens.’
- ‘The types ranged through the British class system; actors rarely shuttled between posh parts and prole roles.’
- ‘Besides, the characters are too upwardly mobile for a standard prole opera.’
- ‘It's largely in deference to prole sensibilities that buildings have no thirteenth floor and that thirteen is skipped over when racing cars are numbered.’
Late 19th century: abbreviation of proletariat.
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