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"lowest common denominator" in British English

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lowest common denominatornoun

uk   us  
  • lowest common denominator noun (LEAST INTELLIGENT)

the lowest common denominator [S] used to refer in a ​disapproving way to the ​sort of ​people in ​society who are least ​intelligent and who will ​accept low-quality ​products and ​entertainment: The ​problem with so much ​television is that it is ​aimed at the ​lowestcommondenominator.
(Definition of lowest common denominator from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lowest common denominator" in Business English

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lowest common denominatornoun [S]

uk   us   disapproving
MARKETING the large ​number of ​people who will ​acceptproducts, ​ideas, etc. that are not good ​quality: He ​claimed the ​party was ​trying to ​exploit fears and ​appeal to the ​lowest common denominator.
(Definition of lowest common denominator from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lowest common denominator”
in Chinese (Simplified) 最小公分母…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數字, 最小公分母…
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