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Definition of Commons

Commons

  1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people.
  2. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities.
  3. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities.
  4. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons.
  5. A common; public pasture ground.

Commons Quotations

If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
Winston Churchill

We have reached a new milestone as a human family. With seven billion of us now inhabiting our planet, it is time to ask some fundamental questions. How can we provide a dignified life for ourselves and future generations while preserving and protecting the global commons - the atmosphere, the oceans and the ecosystems that support us?
Ban Ki-moon

Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons.
Garrett Hardin

But first, the news: The House of Commons was sealed off today after police chased an escaped lunatic through the front door during Prime Minister's question time. A spokesman at Scotland Yard said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Ronnie Barker

A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both.
Benjamin Disraeli
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