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mean streets


the poorer and rougher section of a city or town

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from a Martin Scorsese film of this name's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • This was no audience gathered from the corners of mean streets.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
  • The visitor sees nothing but mean streets and dark doorways.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
  • The mean streets and dreary squalid houses took on a greater significance for him than they had ever done.

  • Then he walked up Shaftesbury Avenue, finally turning off into the maze of mean streets round Soho.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • About this time he began the series which is now gathered under the common title "Tales of mean streets."

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison

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