on the street


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on the street

 
1. Fig. widely known. Sue put it on the street, and now everyone knows. It's on the street. There isn't anyone who hasn't heard it.
2. Fig. on Wall Street or elsewhere in the New York City financial districts. (Similar to {3}, except that it refers to a specific street. Usually with a capital 5.) I heard on the Street today that bank stocks are headed up. It's on the Street that the market is due to crash again.
3. Fig. at discount prices; as available at its lowest retail price. (As if some item were being sold on the street by a peddler.) It lists at $2200 and can be got for about $1650 on the street. On the street it goes for about $400.
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on the street

Also, in the street.
1. Without a job, unemployed, as in After they fired her she was on the street for two years. [First half of 1900s]
2. Without a regular place of residence, homeless, as in It's terrible to be on the street in winter. [Mid-1800s]
3. Released from prison, as in One more year and he'll be back in the street. [First half of 1900s]
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on the street

1. mod. using drugs; selling drugs; looking for drugs. (Drugs.) Fred spent a year on the street before he was arrested.
2. mod. engaged in prostitution. Mary said, “What am I supposed to do—go on the street?” All three of them went on the street to earn enough money to live.
3. mod. widely known. It’s on the street. There isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard it.
4. mod. on Wall Street or elsewhere in the New York City financial districts. (Similar to sense 3, except that it refers to a specific street. Usually with a capital S.) I heard on the Street today that Apple is buying IBM.
5. mod. at discount prices; as available from discounters. (As if some item were being sold on the street by a peddler.) It lists at $2,200 and can be got for about $1,650 on the street.
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References in classic literature ?
He had to fight often in these days to fight for a place near the factory gates, and now and again with gangs on the street.
Little Juozapas, who was near crazy with hunger these days, had gone out on the street to beg for himself.
The law was against them, too--little Vilimas, who was really eleven, but did not look to be eight, was stopped on the streets by a severe old lady in spectacles, who told him that he was too young to be working and that if he did not stop selling papers she would send a truant officer after him.
And here, at ten, I began on the streets as a newsboy.
And so, at ten, I was out on the streets, a newsboy.
We looked so much alike that people noticed it when we went out; so we shook the streets that Morgan's cab drives down, and took to climbing the piles of last December's snow on the streets where cheap people live.