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Downing Street

a street in W central London, England: cabinet office; residence of the prime minister.
the British prime minister and cabinet. Unabridged
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  • Come and dine with me at Downing Street this day week at seven o'clock.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • I hope we're to hear that the Cabinet wants you in Downing Street.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • What will you say, sir, to the very last despatch I have received from Downing Street?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Give him all the things, therefore, and pack him off to Downing Street.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Code dispatches to Downing Street might cause a little comment.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for Downing Street

Downing Street

a street in W central London, in Westminster: official residences of the British prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer
(informal) the prime minister or the British Government
Word Origin
named after Sir George Downing (1623–84), English statesman
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Word Origin and History for Downing Street

short street in London, named for British diplomat Sir George Downing (c.1624-1684). It contains the residence of the prime minister (at Number 10), hence its metonymic use for "the British government," attested from 1781.

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