public enemy no 1

Public Enemy Number One

noun
1.
(not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI's list of the ten most wanted criminals.
2.
a major menace to public safety, health, etc.: Cancer is Public Enemy Number One.
Also, Public Enemy Number 1, Public Enemy No. 1.


Origin:
1930–35, Americanism

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