just folks definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Unpretentious and friendly: “the essence of this small-town state is a friendly, trusting, just-folks way of dealing with one another” (T.R. Reid).
just folks - Phrases/Idioms
Friendly, unpretentious. For example, Politicians meeting the public like to pretend they are just folks, but that's not always true. [First half of 1900s]
Variant of folk
- a people or nation; ethnic group: a peaceful folk
- pl. folks or folk people in general; persons: folks differ in their tastes; city folk sometimes vacation in the country
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English folc, akin to German volk ; from Germanic an unverified form fulca-, army, group of warriors ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
of, originating among, or having to do with the common people, who transmit the general culture of the group through succeeding generations: folk art