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Definition of street noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    street

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  1. 1   [countable] (abbreviation St.) a public road in a city or town that has houses and buildings on one side or both sides The bank is just across the street. to walk along/down/up the street the town's narrow cobbled streets 92nd Street 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue He is used to being recognized in the street. a street map/plan of New York street theater/musicians My office is at street level (= on the ground floor). It's not safe to walk the streets at night. It was time to take the political struggle onto the streets (= by protesting in large groups in the streets of a city). see also backstreet, main street, side street More Aboutroadsroads and streets In a town or city, street is the most general word for a road with houses and buildings on one or both sides:a street map of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.Street is not used for roads between towns, but streets in towns are often called Road:Colesberg Street Old Georgetown Road.A road map of a country shows you the major routes between, around, and through towns and cities. Other words used in the names of streets include:Circle, Court, Crescent, Drive, Hill, and Way. Avenue suggests a wide street. A lane is a narrow street. Main Street is used, especially as a name, for the main street of a town, where most stores, banks, etc. are, or used to be before a town got bigger.larger roads The roads that connect towns and cities are called highways, freeways, or interstates (for example State Route 347, Interstate 94). These are large divided roads built so that long-distance traffic could avoid towns. A beltway is built around a city or town to reduce traffic in the center:the D.C. beltway.A bypass passes around a town or city rather than through the center:the Richmond bypass.
  2. 2 [singular] the ideas and opinions of ordinary people, especially people who live in cities, which are considered important The feeling I get from the street is that we have a good chance of winning this election. The word on the street is that it's not going to happen. Opinion on the street was divided.
  3. Idioms
    back on the streets/street
     
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    released from prison He was back on the streets after spending less than six years behind bars.
      hit the street(s)
       
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    1. 1to appear or become available to buy These new summer styles should be hitting the streets soon. In spite of increased efforts by the narcotics bureau, new drugs hit the street every day.
    2. 2to go out into the streets of a city, doing something or looking for something Thousands of demonstrators are getting ready to hit the streets in Washington, D.C.
    the man (and/or woman) on the street
     
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    an average or ordinary person, either male or female Politicians often don't understand the views of the man on the street.
    on easy street
     
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    enjoying a comfortable way of life with plenty of money
    (out) on the streets/street (informal)
     
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    without a home; outside, not in a house or other building the problems of young people living on the streets If it had been left to me I would have put him out on the street long ago.
    on/walking the streets
     
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    working as a prostitute
    pound the pavement/streets
     
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    to spend a lot of time going from place to place looking for something, especially a job With the country’s jobless rate increasing, the number of people pounding the pavement had become a growing worry.
    the streets are paved with gold (saying)
     
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    used to say that it seems easy to make money in a place
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: street