street arab


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Street \Street\ (str[=e]t), n. [OE. strete, AS. str[=ae]t, fr.
   L. strata (sc. via) a paved way, properly fem. p. p. of
   sternere, stratum, to spread; akin to E. strew. See Strew,
   and cf. Stratum, Stray, v. & a.]
   1. Originally, a paved way or road; a public highway; now
      commonly, a thoroughfare in a city or village, bordered by
      dwellings or business houses.
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            He removed [the body of] Amasa from the street unto
            the field.                            --Coverdale.
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            At home or through the high street passing.
                                                  --Milton.
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   Note: In an extended sense, street designates besides the
         roadway, the walks, houses, shops, etc., which border
         the thoroughfare.
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               His deserted mansion in Duke Street. --Macaulay.
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   2. the roadway of a street[1], as distinguished from the
      sidewalk; as, children playing in the street.
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   3. the inhabitants of a particular street; as, the whole
      street knew about their impending divorce.
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   The street (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.

   on the street,
      (a) homeless.
      (b) unemployed.
      (a) not in prison, or released from prison; the murderer
          is still on the street. 

   Street Arab, Street broker, etc. See under Arab,
      Broker, etc.

   Street door, a door which opens upon a street, or is
      nearest the street.

   street person, a homeless person; a vagrant.
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   Syn: See Way.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Arab \Ar"ab\ (?; 277), n. [Prob. ultimately fr. Heb. arabah a
   desert, the name employed, in the Old Testament, to denote
   the valley of the Jordan and Dead Sea. Ar. Arab, Heb. arabi,
   arbi, arbim: cf. F. Arabe, L. Arabs, Gr. ?.]
   One of a swarthy race occupying Arabia, and numerous in
   Syria, Northern Africa, etc.
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   Street Arab, a homeless vagabond in the streets of a city,
      particularly and outcast boy or girl. --Tylor.
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            The ragged outcasts and street Arabs who are
            shivering in damp doorways.           --Lond. Sat.
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