on the street(s)

on 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 on the streets for nearly a year. More and more people are ending up on the street as rent prices skyrocket in the city.
2. In a state of being widely and publicly known or discussed. Of course, word on the street is that he's been taking bribes like that for years. He's been putting it on 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 on the streets every night. She was actually on 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 on the streets that very day. We're doing our utmost to have this conviction overturned and get our brother back on the street as soon as possible.
See also: on
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*(up)on someone

Fig. to be someone's obligation or responsibility. (*Typically: be ~; lie ~.) The obligation is upon you to settle this. The major part of the responsibility is on you.

*on someone or something

[incriminating or harmful information] about someone or something. (*Typically: get something ~; have something ~; give someone something~.) I've gotten something on Albert that would really shock you. She is trying to get something on her husband so she can divorce him.

on something

 
1. taking a medication. I am on an antibiotic for my chest cold. I want you to be on this drug for another week.
2. taking an illegal drug or controlled substance and acting strangely. What is the matter with that kid? Is he on something? She acted as if she were on barbiturates or something.

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.
See also: on, street
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: on, street
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on the ˈstreets

(informal)
1 without a home: He was weak and ill and he knew he wouldn’t survive on the streets.
2 working as a prostitute: She’s been on the streets since she was fifteen.
See also: on, street
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: on, street
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

on

/at the dot
Exactly at the appointed time; punctual or punctually: arrived at nine o'clock on the dot.

on

/at the double
1. Immediately.
2. In double time.

on

/in behalf of
1. As the agent of; on the part of.
2. For the benefit of; in the interest of.

on

/in the street
1. Without a job; idle.
2. Without a home; homeless.
3. Out of prison; at liberty.

on

/into/down the wind Nautical
In the same or nearly the same direction as the wind.

on

/under pain of
Subject to the penalty of (a specified punishment, such as death).

on

/upon (one's) hands
In one's possession, often as an imposed responsibility or burden: Now they have the grandchildren on their hands.

on

/upon request
When asked for: References are available on request.

on

/upon the heels of
1. Directly behind.
2. Immediately following.

on

(one's)/the way
In the process of coming, going, or traveling: She is on her way out the door. Winter is on the way.

on

its/someone's ear
In a state of amazement, excitement, or uproar: a controversial movie that set the film industry on its ear.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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