or Public Enemy Number 1, Public Enemy No. 1
(not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted criminals.
a major menace to public safety, health, etc.:
Cancer is Public Enemy Number One.
- Public enterprise
noun 1. economic activity by governmental organizations Compare private enterprise (sense 1) noun any economic activity carried out by the government; also, a business or industry controlled by the government Examples Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.), broadcasting, telecommunications, and certain forms of transport are examples of public enterprise. Word Origin 1849
- Public expenditure
noun 1. spending by central government, local authorities, and public corporations
noun 1. public attention or notice; limelight: a politician who keeps out of the public eye.
- Public footpath
noun 1. a footpath along which the public has right of way
- Public gallery
noun 1. the gallery in a chamber of Parliament reserved for members of the public who wish to listen to the proceedings Also called strangers’ gallery