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  • noun Plural form of plebe.


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  • The fourth classmen -- the "plebes" -- simply worshipped the ground he trod on, and as between General Sherman and Philip Stanley, it is safe to say these youngsters would have determined on the latter as the more suitable candidate for the office of general-in-chief.

    Starlight Ranch and Other Stories of Army Life on the Frontier Charles King 1888

  • As they have for 70 years, Navy freshmen -- known as plebes -- celebrated the end of their grueling first year at the U.S.

    Navy plebes scale Herndon Monument in record time 2010

  • And walking confidently through all the tentativeness from the plebes were the upperclassmen, the degree of swagger directly proportional to what year they were in in the program.

    Stone and Anvil Peter David 2003

  • Among the plebes was a rather timid-looking, red-cheeked lad, who seemed even further out of his element than did his awkward companions.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums Burt L. Standish 1905

  • After safety concerns prompted a greaseless climb last year, academy students - known as "plebes" during their first year - have once again climbed the grease-covered 21-foot Herndon Monument on Monday.

    The Seattle Times 2011

  • Out of control egos from entertainers are nothing new of course, but I have a lot of respect for those few stars out there who realize that being famous does not mean their opinions on politics should be dispersed for all the "plebes" to enjoy.

    The /Filmcast: After Dark - Ep. 87 - Directors on Twitter, and Racebending (GUESTS: Dan Eckman and DC Pierson from Derrick Comedy) | /Film 2010

  • It often took hours for a group of first-year students, or "plebes," to hoist a peer on their shoulders to place an officer's hat atop the obelisk.

    Naval Plebe Monument Climb Could Be On Last Legs 2010

  • The first-year "plebes" never stop till they reach the top, in a greasy human pyramid.

    USNA reconsiders Herndon Climb 2010

  • "Books are weapons," she writes in her new memoir, "Soldier's Heart," an account of her 10 years of teaching the sole required literature course, English 102, to first-year "plebes" at the military academy known as Sparta.

    ‘We Band of Brothers’ 2007

  • It has great statistics on the growth of the rich few and the decline of the "plebes".

    Weather Bad Enough For You? Steve Perez 2007


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