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side street

a street leading away from a main street; an unimportant street or one carrying but little traffic.
Compare back street.
Origin of side street
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for side street
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  • I fetched up at an exit on the side street, and there they were directly in front of me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • A cab clattered down the side street on which the window opened.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The house in Soho Square had to be given up at last, and we went into a side street.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • She led the way down the side street toward the parsonage and he followed her.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • From a side street there now emerged a gaily apparelled cavalcade.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for side street

side street

a minor or unimportant street, esp one leading off a main thoroughfare
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Idioms and Phrases with side street

side street

A minor thoroughfare that carries little traffic, as in Our favorite hotel is on a quiet little side street. The side in this idiom means “off to one side, away from the main street.” [ c. 1600 ]
Also see: back street
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