right side of the tracks

the right side of the tracks

A part of a town or city that is wealthier or better off than other parts (and is usually safer or more desirable as a result). "Tracks" refers to railroad tracks, which are sometimes thought of as demarcating different economic areas of a town. Just because you're family grew up on the right side of the tracks doesn't make you better than me! His mother only wanted him dating girls from the right side of the tracks.
See also: of, right, side, track

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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The chute shall be adjusted to blow the snow to either the left or the right side of the tracks. As a minimum the snow blower/thrower shall meet the following requirements: Fits within the WMATA vehicle dynamic envelop (see attached drawings) Must not exceed WMATA weight limit of 120,000 lbs.(see attached drawings) Must meet WMATAs standards of weight distribution (maximum 30,000 lbs.
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."
But through the daily grind of life Mim learns new lessons from a next door neighbour who is a telephone call-girl, the 'good' girl from school who comes from the 'right side of the tracks' and the strange lady down the street who calls her 'devil child.' And finds that by breaking her own rules one by one she discovers herself.
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.
Who knows what Davina will do." 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.
SOURCE: "The Right Side of the Tracks: Affluent Neighborhoods in the Metropolitan United States" by Barrett A.
It is true she may not be from the right side of the tracks but she got there all the same.
Described as a cross between "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Simpsons," "Los Roldans " focuses on a poor family that lands on the right side of the tracks when an heiress puts her father in charge of her business empire.
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."