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Public enemy number one a person who poses the greatest threat to the welfare or security of a community or nation; (especially in the US), the first on a list of notorious wanted criminals. The term is first recorded in the Chicago Tribune in 1931 in reference to Al Capone.

the public eye the state of being known or of interest to people in general, especially through the media.

See also Joe Public, one does not wash one's dirty linen in public.

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