right side of the tracks

right side of the tracks

The desirable part of town, as in They were relieved to learn that his fiancée came from the right side of the tracks. This expression alludes to the fact that when a railroad ran through a town, it often divided the prosperous neighborhoods from the poor ones. The latter district was called the wrong side of the tracks, as in The children from the wrong side of the tracks often came to school without having eaten breakfast . Today these terms are considered snobbish. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: of, right, side, track
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Equality Trust's Duncan Exley said: "It's incredible to think being born in the wrong postcode can mean dying almost a decade before those born on the right side of the tracks.
Some of the young men he has coached have been referred to him by the police, who thought that getting them into boxing under his tutelage would keep them on the right side of the tracks.
Newcastle's parade of champion superstars that delighted not only the Toon Army but a receptive nation was mightily impressive but none captured the beauty and elegance of a Hollywood film star to combine with charm, charisma and devastating ability quite like Ginola, even born on the right side of the tracks in the millionaire's playground of St Tropez and appropriately christened David Desir Marc Ginola.
18 Three unconnected New York police officers struggle to stay on the right side of the tracks in Brooklyn.
A former Catholic altar boy of Puerto-Rican descent, Ruiz was kept on the right side of the tracks during an impoverished childhood by his ferocious mum Gladys.
I'd clearly moved to the right side of the tracks, it turned out.
With its two swimming pools, tennis court and paddock, the eight-bed mansion in Sussex is certainly on the right side of the tracks but Davina has already been seen using a helicopter.
Ben Robinson from Knowle-basd ISIS Media chose to work in Lozells with The Young Disciples, a group which tries to help teenagers to keep on the right side of the tracks.
At the rally, Obama told the story of how Stanley married a young woman from the right side of the tracks and how their daughter married a man from Kenya, who left her a young single mother whose son is running for president.
It is true she may not be from the right side of the tracks but she got there all the same.
After Saturday's trip to Crewe - the Railwaymen who have found themselves on the right side of the tracks as far as City are concerned - Lawrence's men head into the uncertain world of the play-offs.
People moving to the sixth-fastest growth area in the country also want to know if they're going to be on the right side of the tracks or not.
Obviously if you are going to become a paparazzi, it does help to have been born on the right side of the tracks - particularly if you're going to be gatecrashing the parties of the social elite.
Then they built the Long Island Expressway, and it was suddenly the right side of the tracks.
She said: "People probably think I am or can be mild–mannered, the right side of the tracks, the good side of things.