in the street


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in the street(s)

1. Without an established place of residence or accommodation; homeless. Even though I was still employed, I couldn't afford my mortgage anymore and was in the streets for nearly a year. More and more people are ending up in the street as rent prices skyrocket in the city.
2. In a state of being widely and publicly known or discussed. Of course, word in the street is that he's been taking bribes like that for years. He's been putting it in the streets that he's looking for a bassist to join his band.
3. Working as a prostitute. In this part of town, there are women in the streets every night. She was actually in the streets for a number of years before she saved enough money to go to college in another state.
4. Living freely, typically after having been freed from prison or police custody. The notorious gangster was cleared of the charges and back in the streets that very day. We're doing our utmost to have this conviction overturned and get our brother back in the street as soon as possible.

in the street

see under on the street.
See also: street
References in classic literature ?
There were crowds of people in the street; workmen and business people were making their way home; other people had come out for a walk; there was a smell of mortar, dust and stagnant water.
Nearly half or 46 percent agreed with the statement, 'In this neighborhood, people are usually afraid to walk in the street at night because it is not safe.' This figure is unchanged from June.
Protest plans include giant puppets in the streets, linking hands around the conference site and scaling or abseiling down skyscrapers to hang anti-WTO banners.
Well, then, if we can't fight these invaders on the beaches, how about in the fields and in the streets? If they're coming here for jobs, let's go after the people who are giving them jobs.