HyperDic: grass_roots

English > 2 senses of the expression grass roots:
NOUNrelationgrass rootsthe essential foundation or source
groupgrass rootsthe common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
English > grass roots: 2 senses > noun 1, relation
MeaningThe essential foundation or source.
Example"the problem was attacked at the grass roots"
BroaderfoundationThe basis on which something is grounded
English > grass roots: 2 senses > noun 2, group
MeaningThe common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity).
Broaderfolk, folks, common peoplePeople in general (often used in the plural)
Usage ofplural, plural formThe form of a word that is used to denote more than one

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