from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as a name in legal proceedings to designate an unknown or unidentified man or boy, especially the second of two such persons, the first usually being named John Doe.
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- n. an unknown or fictitious party to legal proceedings
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Tom, Dick or Harry: the names like John Doe and Richard Roe are used indefinitely in Arab.
We can understand that one doctor should need another to consult and disagree with; and that one lawyer requires another with whom he may join issue in the case of Richard Roe vs. John Doe, but why there should always be two barbers in an American village, does not seem so clear, since the cut of the whiskers is an arbitrary matter in our day, whatever may be the uncertainties of science and law.