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street Idioms & Phrases


back street

  • noun a narrow street with walls on both sides
    alleyway; alley.
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by-street

By"-street` noun
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  1. A separate, private, or obscure street; an out of the way or cross street.
    He seeks by-streets, and saves the expensive coach. Gay.
Webster 1913

cross street

  • noun a street intersecting a main street (usually at right angles) and continuing on both sides of it
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dead-end street

  • noun a street with only one way in or out
    blind alley; impasse; cul de sac.
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downing street

  • noun a street of Westminster in London
    • the Prime Minister lives at No. 10 Downing Street
  • noun the British government
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easy street

  • noun financial security
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fleet street

  • noun a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
  • noun British journalism
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grub street

  • noun the world of literary hacks
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harley street

  • noun a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
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high street

  • noun street that serves as a principal thoroughfare for traffic in a town
    high street.
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local street

  • noun a street that is primarily used to gain access to the property bordering it
    local road.
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lombard street

  • noun a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
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main street

  • noun street that serves as a principal thoroughfare for traffic in a town
    high street.
  • noun any small town (or the people who inhabit it); generally used to represent parochialism and materialism (after a novel by Sinclair Lewis)
    • Main Street will never vote for a liberal politician
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man in the street

  • noun a hypothetical average man
    Joe Bloggs; Joe Blow; John Doe.
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off-street

  • adjective not on the streets
    • off-street parking
    • off-street unloading of vehicles
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on-street

  • adjective at the sides of streets
    • on-street parking is prohibited at rush hour
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one-way street

  • noun unilateral interaction
    • cooperation cannot be a one-way street
  • noun a street on which vehicular traffic is allowed to move in only one direction
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side street

  • noun a street intersecting a main street and terminating there
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street address

  • noun the address where a person or organization can be found
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street arab

  • noun (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets
    throwaway; gamin.
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Street Arab, Street broker

  • etc. See under Arab, Broker, etc.
Webster 1913

street child

  • noun a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    waif.
    • street children beg or steal in order to survive
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street cleaner

  • noun a worker employed to clean streets (especially one employed by a municipal sanitation department)
    street cleaner.
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street clothes

  • noun ordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
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street corner

  • noun the intersection of two streets
    corner; turning point.
    • standing on the corner watching all the girls go by
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street cred

  • noun credibility among young fashionable urban individuals
    street cred; cred.
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street credibility

  • noun credibility among young fashionable urban individuals
    street cred; cred.
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Street door

  • a door which opens upon a street, or is nearest the street.
Webster 1913

street drug

  • noun a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction
    drug of abuse.
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street fighter

  • noun a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
  • noun someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
    tough.
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street girl

  • noun a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets
    floozy; streetwalker; floozie; slattern; hooker; hustler.
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street lamp

  • noun a lamp supported on a lamppost; for illuminating a street
    streetlight.
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street name

  • noun an alternative name that a person chooses or is given (especially in inner city neighborhoods)
    • her street name is Bonbon
  • noun slang for something (especially for an illegal drug)
    • `smack' is a street name for heroin
  • noun the name of a brokerage firm in which stock is held on behalf of a customer
    • all my stocks are held in street name
  • noun the name of a street
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street organ

  • noun a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
    barrel organ; hand organ; hurdy gurdy; hurdy-gurdy; grind organ.
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street person

  • noun someone who sleeps in any convenient place
    dosser.
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street sign

  • noun a sign visible from the street
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street smart

  • adjective satellite having the shrewd resourcefulness needed to survive in an urban environment
    with-it; streetwise.
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street smarts

  • noun a shrewd ability to survive in a dangerous urban environment
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street sweeper

  • noun a worker employed to clean streets (especially one employed by a municipal sanitation department)
    street cleaner.
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street theater

  • noun dramatization of a social issue; enacted outside in a park or on the street
    guerrilla theater.
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street urchin

  • noun a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
    guttersnipe.
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street-walk

  • verb walk the streets in search of customers
    streetwalk.
    • The prostitute is street-walking every night
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The street

  • noun used to allude to the securities industry of the United States
    the Street.
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  • (Broker's Cant), that thoroughfare of a city where the leading bankers and brokers do business; also, figuratively, those who do business there; as, the street would not take the bonds.
Webster 1913

To milk the street

  • to squeeze the smaller operators in stocks and extract a profit from them, by alternately raising and depressing prices within a short range; said of the large dealers. Cant
Webster 1913

To spin street yarn

  • to gad about gossiping. Collog.
Webster 1913

two-way street

  • noun a street on which vehicular traffic can move in either of two directions
    • you have to look both ways crossing a two-way street
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wall street

  • noun a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
    Wall St..
  • noun used to allude to the securities industry of the United States
    the Street.
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woman of the street

  • noun a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
    fancy woman; working girl; bawd; sporting lady; cocotte; lady of pleasure; prostitute; harlot; cyprian; whore; tart.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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