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- n. A fictitious name used in the legal documents for an unknown or anonymous male person.
- n. Any unknown or anonymous male person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the name formerly given to the fictitious plaintiff in an action of ejectment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hypothetical average man
- n. an unknown or fictitious man who is a party to legal proceedings
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The new desk reported no recent John Doe admissions and knew nothing about a patient named Jorge Sanchez or an LA County sheriff named Curtis Mauney.
I remember once sitting with one of my Democratic colleagues in the Illinois state senate as we listened to another fellow senator-an African American whom I’ll call John Doe who represented a largely inner-city district-launch into a lengthy and passionate peroration on why the elimination of a certain program was a case of blatant racism.
“Danny Upstart is more like it — I just autopsied the John Doe you tried to usurp.”
Danny Upshaw followed the stretcher bearing John Doe # 1 — 1/1/50 up the County loading dock, knowing his chance of getting his favorite City pathologist to do the autopsy was close to nil.
Tom, Dick or Harry: the names like John Doe and Richard Roe are used indefinitely in Arab.